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Food cards for MPs

In a yet another move to promote cashless transaction, members and Parliament staff may get prepaid “food cards” to pay bills at House canteens.

On the lines of a metro card, the Lok Sabha secretariat is preparing to introduce these cards after a failed attempt to promote the use of credit and debit cards in Parliament’s four canteens.

Food cards for MPs

“We have tied up with the State Bank of India (SBI) to introduce the new system. There will be card readers in the canteens and it will make payments easier than dealing with cash,” Ashok Kumar Singh, who is an additional secretary in the Lok Sabha secretariat and is in charge of the canteens, said.

The cards can be recharged at bank’s Parliament complex branches

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