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Tribal fair 2017 to be cashless!




 In a bid to make the transactions convenient for public due to cash crunch across the state post demonetisation, the government has decided to make the upcoming annual tribal fair cashless this year. 

The sellers, who will be opening stalls inside the venue, have been asked to use paytm and swiping machine to boost cashless transaction during the ‘Adivasi Mela’, scheduled to commence from Jan 26.

In view of the nationwide demonetisation, such initiative has been taken, informed Adivasi Mela Nodal Officer and RDC (Central) Akhil Bihari Ota. 

A total 185 stalls will be opened at the venue targeting the highest amount of profit from the fair this year, he said adding for the convenience of people, an ATM machine will be installed having adequate amount of Rs 100 currency notes.

Similarly, there will be facilities such as paytm and swiping machines at every stall for cashless transactions, the RDC said.

Special arrangement has been made for preventing the fire mishap at the ground. The authorities have taken an insurance coverage for Rs 2.4 crore for the event, Ota said adding fire victims, in any, will be paid the insurance amount upto Rs 10 lakh.

The tribal huts have been built with fire proof materials, he said.

Ota said no other products will be allowed inside the ground to be sold as tribal product and action will be taken against the defaulters.

The area for the food stalls has been widened this year in view of influx of crowd to the venue, he added.

Last year, around Rs 3 crore business was registered in the Adivasi Mela. The profit is expected to increase this year, the RDC added.






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