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AP govt to introduce multipurpose smart cards


04 May 2012

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The southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India is introducing multipurpose smart cards to citizens for availing benefits of different welfare schemes including also banking transactions.

The government of Andhra Pradesh is introducing multipurpose Aadhar-based smart cards to the beneficiaries (citizens) for availing benefits of different welfare schemes.

"Fingerprint-based POS (point-of-sale) terminals would be set up at all welfare departments' service centers, State Road Transport depots, Department for Pensions, Commercial Tax and other departments," state Information and Communications Technology Minister PonnalaLakshmaiah has informed.

Smart cards issued to the beneficiaries would be inter-operable across all POS machines (different makes and models) and the card could be used for multi-purposes across all departments for various services in the state, the minister said.

The smart card features would be extended to support banking transactions also.

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