Suburban railway commuters, who can avail a 0.5% discount on season tickets purchased via digital transactions from January 2017, said the incentive was too low, especially in a city like Mumbai, where the cost of living is high. The government came out with this offer to promote cashless transactions, post-demonetisation. Rail Yatri Sangh's Subhash Gupta said, “On a smart card, the railways offers a 5% discount. The government should have at least matched this rate to encourage people to go cashless.“ Kandivli resident Shyam Pandya said, “More discounts in terms of percentage should be offered on six-monthly or yearly season tickets.“ An... more...
official said the railways will have to come out with schemes to encourage cashless transactions. For example, Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) has tied up with retailers, who offer discounts on their products, if they are smart card-holders. Ghatkopar resident Roy Jacob said, “The railways could tie up with food stalls and book stores on their platform to encourage them to offer discounts to those to have smart cards through digital platforms.“ Dombivli resident Priyanka V said, “Why not offer insurance benefits to those who buy season tickets through cashless systems?“ Many felt the switch to a cashless system will be easier if a common card is there for BEST buses, taxis and railways.
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