Call for State to go cashless

Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights members, from left, deputy chairman Rohit Sharma, Ratu Suliano Matanitobua, chairman Alvick Maharaj, Dr Salik Govind and Mosese Bulitavu conduct the public submissions in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Call has been made for government departments to establish a cashless payment system.

This was raised during a public submission with the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the National Payment System Bill 2020.

“One suggestion that has been made to us in Sigatoka was a cashless payment system for all government departments because right now, a lot of people would prefer to make their payments with a swipe of a card or using an EFTPOS machine,” committee chairman Alvick Maharaj said.

“We are moving more and more towards a cashless society and they are encouraging us to establish that with all of our State agencies and government departments.

“The other suggestion was for every small business operator to have an EFTPOS machine and that could be done through the National Switch which has already been passed in Parliament and Government has been working on that.

“This will allow people to go anywhere and can just use their cards to pay for things.

“Through this system, people will not be involved in the transfer of ‘black money’ or ‘black cash’ that revolves around certain economies.”

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