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Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that projects worth over Rs.10,000 crore were being rolled out as part of a fortnight long consumer connect initiative.

“During the fortnight, projects valued over Rs.10,000 crore are being undertaken. Some of these have been completed while others are in the process of completion,” he told mediapersons on the sidelines of an event organised by Eastern Railway.

May 26 onwards, railways launched a fortnight long consumer connect programme – Railyatri Upbhokta Pakhwada – whereby the authorities have undertaken various projects to improve passenger amenities.

Senior railway officials are also interacting directly with the passengers to understand their problems as well as to create awareness about railway services.

Prabhu said that 16,000-17,000 roadshows have already been conducted during the Pakhwada.

“We have decided to focus on enhancing customer centric services,” he added.

A mobile app for women’s security has been launched in Mumbai suburban trains and may be extended to Kolkata passengers as well.

An integrated policy on cleanliness for railways is also being formulated. (IANS)

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Swiggy to use digital payments for delivery fleet

Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to "change the way India eats" and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others

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Encouraging Digital Transactions by exempting service tax on Cards (Wikimedia commons)
  • Swiggy is an online food ordering platform
  • It will now allow digital payments for delivery feet
  • this method will prevent any leakage in cash payment process

Online food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy on Monday said it would use privately-run ICICI Bank to allow its delivery fleet to make digital payments.

“Through the use of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based solution for instant fund transfers and automated cash deposit machines at ICICI Bank branches and ATMs across the country, the delivery fleet will have a hassle-free way of transferring funds,” the company said in a statement. Swiggy operates with a fleet of over 20,000 delivery persons delivering food from over 25,000 restaurants across 12 cities.

These digital payments will prevent leakage in cash payments. Wikimedia Commons

With cash-on-delivery being a widely used method of payment on the platform, the digital payment methods allow the delivery men to quickly transfer the funds to Swiggy, saving their time, according to the statement.

“With the delivery fleet being the backbone of Swiggy, the adoption of the digital payment solutions will support the ease of operations and save their time and thousands of kilometres of travel,” said the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Rahul Bothra in the statement. The digital payment methods will also help in preventing any cash leakages, the company said.

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Founded in 2014, Swiggy aims to “change the way India eats” and is currently operational in cities like New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai among a few others. IANS

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