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City traffic cops plan e-challans for transparency

SHILLONG: The city traffic police are contemplating issuing e-challans to violators in collaboration with a leading private bank.
East Khasi Hills SP Davis Marak said similar initiative has already been rolled out in other parts of the country and the idea is still in the nascent stage in Shillong.
The matter is under discussion with the bank and the move, if implemented, will ensure transparency.
“As we go digital, the so-called allegations that traffic cops are charging or cases of corruption can be eliminated and there will be more transparency as people will know they are being charged under which section and how much they are being charged,” Marak said, adding police can monitor everything online.
The traffic police have asked for POS devices for swiping of ATM card which will be linked to banks through mobile and eventually mobile challans will be generated.
Initially, the bank is scheduled to give 30 POS devices to Shillong Traffic police and each traffic branch will be given three to four POS machines.
In addition, for the project to be rolled out, the bank has to design an MIS software that will have details of the compounding done by traffic personnel.
The Shillong Traffic Police and the private bank will have more deliberations on the matter.
“If they can get the entire system ready on time, we will move ahead with the idea at the earliest,” Marak said.

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