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Kerala ration shops to become K-stores offering banking & digital services

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Kerala government is going to offer banking and other online services to the people through its vast network of ration shops in the state. The ration shops will be rebranded as K-Stores in the state to offer more products and digital services through them.

As per a government statement, 108 ration shops will become K-stores in the first phase offering mini-banking services for transactions up to Rs10,000, utility bill payments (including electricity and water), 5 kg LPG cylinders, as well as Sabari and Milma products.

The government aims to convert atleast 1000 ration shops into K-stores in the current financial year. A report by The Hindu quoted Food and Civil Supplies minister G R Anil as saying “the K-Stores would offer bank transactions up to ₹10,000, utility payments for water and electricity, small LPG cylinders of 5 kg and Sabari and Milma products. More services would be offered at a later stage.”

Officials said the department had held discussions with the ration dealers on the K-Store project and 850 ration dealers had come forward to implement the project. The Food and Civil Supplies Department has prepared a list of ration shops situated in remote areas where the K-Store project will be implemented on a priority basis.

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