Post Demonetisation: 31st Surajkund crafts fair to go cashless in Faridabad

Chandigarh: In the 31st International crafts fair which will be held at Suarjkund in Faridabad district from Feb 1-15 will see the promotion of cashless system.

Haryana Tourism Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, who reviewed the preparations being made for the mega event on Wednesday, said after demonetisation, it would be the first big international level event to be organised this year.

He said priority would be given to online payments, entry tickets mobile apps and internet banking system entry tickets and every other transaction.

The Minister urged the people to adopt digital payment systems for shopping in the Mela as the adequate amount of POS machines would be made available at the venue, an official release said.

Sharma said free entry would be allowed to girl students, freedom fighters and war widows. Besides, 50 per cent discount entry tickets would be given to college students and senior citizens.

He said Egypt would be partner country and Jharkhand would be the theme state in the crafts Mela, where more than1,000 stalls would be set up this year.

Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma would grace the inaugural function of the Mela, he added.

Elaborate security measures would be adopted and CCTV cameras would be installed at all points, he added.

Under the Swarna Jayanti Celebrations of Haryana this year, school students would showcase their talent in the Mela through painting and rangoli competitions.

Sharma said Chief Ministers of Jharkhand, Rajasthan andMadhya Pradesh along with various others, including from the sports and the film industry will take part in the event.