SILCHAR: Silchar Municipality has moved far towards modernity in cashless transactions and has launched the first of its Paytm service in the state for hassle-free payment of municipality taxes through a digital platform using a QR code at an event organised by the Silchar Municipality Board (SMB) at the conference hall of Silchar Municipality here on Monday.
Silchar MP Dr. Rajdeep Roy, MLA Dipayan Chakraborty, Udharband MLA Mihir Kanti Som, Chief Executive Officer of Silchar Municipality Rajiv Roy, Executive Manager of Pay-TM Rohan Roy, Chairman of Silchar Development Authority Manjul Dev, and Chairman of APDCL Nityabhushan Dey formally launched the Paytm service.
The citizens of Silchar municipality can deposit house tax, betterment fee, trade licence fee, and other municipal taxes online through the UPI system, i.e., the Unified Payments Interface. An agreement has been signed between Silchar Municipality and Paytm. For the time being, payment can be made by scanning the QR code or using an ATM card at the municipal counter. Paytm has provided a stack of EDC machines to the municipality to start this system, i.e., the electronic data capture or pause machine. Currently, the work of developing the ‘app’ is going on. That, too, will be done within this month. After that, citizens can pay tax from home by downloading the app.
Launching the Pay-TM service, MP Dr. Rajdeep Roy said that India is one of the countries in the world where common people have started transacting money through digital platforms these days, which was the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and India has the highest amount of money transacted in this digital mode in the world.
MP Dr. Roy also mentioned that Silchar Municipality has taken a step forward by introducing this practice first in the entire state. He said that Silchar Municipality Board will become the first municipality in the state to embrace digital payments for government fees and dues.
“Today, in the presence of MLA Dipayan Chakraborty and Udharband MLA Mihir Kanti Shome, we joyously inaugurated the Paytm-based system for municipal fees, staff rent, and trade licence fees in the conference hall,” Dr. Roy said.