Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on March 4 launched ‘One Nation One Card’ an indigenously-developed National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) for people to pay multiple kinds of travel charges including metro services and toll tax across the country.
National Common Mobility Card would allow the holders to pay for their bus travel, toll taxes, parking charges, retail shopping and even withdraw money.
Narendra Modi during the launching said – “This card runs on RuPay card and it will eliminate all your travel related problems. Many a times, we do not have change to pay in cash while travelling in metro, bus or train, or for toll and parking. To overcome this issue, an automatic fare collection system was introduced,”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said – Earlier India used to import this system from foreign countries “Since systems were made by different players, a card issued in one city did not work in another city. Thus, we asked various ministries, departments and even banks to resolve this issue,”.
Modi said with the advent of this indigenously-developed and one-of-its-kind card, the country is no longer required to be dependent on foreign technology.
“Now, we have this ‘Made in India’ card. Only a select few countries have this technology of ‘One Nation One Card’,” PM Narendra Modi said.
The cards can be issued by all public and private banks the same way credit, debit, and prepaid cards are issued.
“The stored value on card supports offline transaction across all travel needs with minimal financial risk to involved stakeholders. The service area feature of this card supports operator specific applications e.g. monthly passes, season tickets etc,”.
This step is taken to ensure seamless travel across metros and other transport systems, in addition to retail shopping and purchases.