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TO MITIGATE the problems being faced by the common man in the wake of the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, the Chandigarh State Agriculture Marketing Board will provide card swipe machines to vegetable vendors at Grain Market in Sector 26 and other kisan mandis from Wednesday.
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A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting by Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, who heads the board, on Tuesday.
The board decided to give one such card swipe machine to each vendor. While there are around 130 vendors in an apni mandi organised by the market committee, the Grain Market in Sector 26 has more than 100 vegetable vendors. Officials said that some people were still using the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes with these small vendors.
The card swipe machines will be provided by HDFC bank. If a vendor does not have a bank account, it will be opened on the spot, said Virender Chaudhary, joint secretary of the board. “This measure is meant to address the problems of ordinary people of the city,” he added.
The DC decided that apni mandis would be held everyday at eight locations. The board will hold mandis in sectors 43, 39, 46, 34, 24, 40, Maloya Colony and Dhanas. The items of daily needs such as vegetables, fruits and milk products will be made available at these mandis everyday.
In a related development, the UT Administration in collaboration with the Chandiarh Cooperative Bank on Tuesday introduced mobile grocery stores at the places where mandis are organised.
Under this initiative, grocery items will be sold accepting debit and credit cards at the mobile grocery stores. The stores will offer all items, including grains.