Itanagar: To those running home stays in their respective places in Arunachal Pradesh, chief minister Pema Khandu distributed Point of Sale (POS) to beneficiaries of the ambitious Chief Minister’s Paryatan Vikas Yojana (CMPVY) on Thursday.
The occasion also marked the launch of POS facilities being offered by the only state-owned State Cooperative Apex Bank LTD to its customers across the state.
As majority of the beneficiaries — about 100 — have availed the scheme to run home stays, POS machines were provided to nine home stay owners and one adventure and sports equipment showroom owner to mark the launch of the facility on Thursday.
Appreciating Apex Bank for the initiative, Khandu said ease of payment is one of the most sought-after facilities by tourists coming from far and wide to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
“As tourism is the future of Arunachal Pradesh introduction of POS facility in Home Stays is timely. Tourists, especially from outside the country, hardly carry cash on them. Hence, cashless payment at hotels, home stays and for transportation through credit or debit cards is of utmost importance,” Khandu cited.
Giving example of foreign countries where there is no cash transaction for services availed, he said the facility not only serves the purpose of accounting for the service provider but also eases the customer of finding an ATM booth at odd hours and places.
Khandu also congratulated the home stay owners and advised them to be friendly with their visitors and maintain top-notch hygiene in their properties.
Assuring the government’s hand-holding in growth of their business, he informed that the Taj Group through its sister organization – Ama Trails and Stays – has agreed in principle to help Arunachal Pradesh in establishment and growth of Home Stays. He said representatives of the Taj Group are expected to visit soon and suggested a meeting with them along with progressive home stay owners of the state to chalk out a way forward.
“Since government jobs are limited, not all youths can fit into it. The only option is self-employment and tourism is one of the best choices. In this sector sky is the limit for a state like ours,” the minister said.
Khandu, meanwhile, urged the Apex Bank to take into its fold various other state government flagship programs for implementation like the CMPVY. He asked the bank authorities to come up with a proposal for the same so that the government could include it in the upcoming state budget.
Suggesting that POS facility be made mandatory for all hotels in the state, he asked the Bank to think and propose a way forward for the same.
Meanwhile, Apex Bank administrator Habung Lampung informed that the POS facility has been introduced by the bank following requests from tour operators and home stay owners running their respective businesses by availing the CMPVY.