POS machines for pilgrims

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To give better transaction to pilgrims of Mata Vaishno Devi Pilgrims, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) installed Point of Sale (PoS) machines in almost all the booking centres, restaurants and other places where pilgrims can purchase eatables or other items during their yatra for Shrine Cave.
With the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to demonetisation of certain currency notes. Several pilgrims who visited the shrine earlier suffered as they don’t have new notes and also they have to carry huge amount as if they carry big note of Rs 2000 then they could not get change.
There are still various pilgrims who don’t know how to use these PoS machines or don’t have plastic cards. For this authorities should deliver on spot deliver of plastic cards of debit or credit cards to pilgrims who visited the shrine and also give them demonstration that how to use cards during shopping.
This will also end the corruption and due to this, the money will directly deposit to banks. It is a good idea that board had installed PoS machines for the convenience of public and this will ease the problems of pilgrims who visited the shrine with Rs 2000 or Rs 500, now they can easily purchase eatables or other necessary items during their yatra to Vaishno Devi Cave. This is the welcome step of authorities and board to install PoS machines in all the places of Vaishno Devi shrine route.
Earlier, the Shrine Board has received a total of Rs 1.90 crore of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations in the donation boxes during the last 30 days since demonetisation and these have been deposited in the bank. After this, the board decided to install PoS machines in and around the shrine so that pilgrims would not suffer any more. As a measure of abundant caution, the old notes are being deposited in the board’s bank account only after scrutiny and prior approval of the board’s Chief Accounts Officer.
The old currency notes were still being found in the donation boxes installed at various locations, but their number has reduced considerably.
The board has issued an advisory to pilgrims in the shape of a pamphlet and displayed at different locations along the track as well as at Niharika, Adhkuwari, Bhawan and at each of the accommodation and other units advising them not to put old currency notes in the donation boxes.

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