Srinagar, April 21: A presentation on the topic ‘Digital Modes of Payment - Promotion of cashless transactions’ was made Meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Members of Parliament for the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas held on 21st April 2017 in Srinagar.Members of the Consultative Committee present at the meeting gave their valuable inputs and suggestions to further promote the digital modes of payment by way of cashless transactions. The meeting was lead by Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan. He said that the efforts are made by the Ministry and the OMCs to promote digital payments at fuel stations.
According to Pradhan, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas took the lead role in digital payment promotion drive. A three-pronged strategy was followed which means rapid expansion of digital payment infrastructure at fuel stations, massive awareness campaign and incentivizing consumers.
Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas informed that 38,128 ROs are with POS and more than 86% of ROs have digital infrastructure today. Over 35,000 consumer awareness campaigns have been organized in the country, in all major regional languages. He said that in order to promote digital transactions by consumers OMCs are giving 0.75% discount to the customers on purchase of fuel through cashless mode. Over 72,000 e-wallets have also been activated.
Pradhan said that the daily cashless transactions have increased from Rs 150 Cr per day to Rs 400 Cr per day. He apprised Members on the MoPNG e-Seva a dedicated social media grievance redressal platform for oil and gas related complaints. He added that Swachh Petrol Pump App is an initiative where citizens can give feedback on the status of toilets at fuel stations.
The Minister repeated that the Ministry does not approve or endorse the move by a section of petrol pump dealers to close down fuel stations on Sundays. He said fuel conservation as a major campaign is being carried out by PCRA and OMCs under the guidance of the Ministry. He said that the inputs given during the meeting would be considered and deliberated on for possible solutions to issues.