Citizens living in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack in the Indian state of Orissa now have access to kiosks they may use to pay various utility bills and city taxes, an official from the state’s Information Technology ministry tells PaymentsSource.

The kiosk deployment is part of a government initiative to have centralized locations where citizens may pay their bills instead of requiring them to go to different branches of the administration.

The ministry will install 15 of the kiosks in the two cities, according to the official. Residents may use them to pay for various administrative services, such as fees for to receive birth and death certificates, and to pay their water and property taxes, according to the official. The machines, made by an undisclosed local vendor, accept payment cards and cash.

“Later, other services like payment of electricity and telephone bills will be made available,” he says. “The facility will be later expanded from the government-to-citizen services to business-to-citizen services such as mobile-phone recharges, booking and cancellation of train tickets, and payment of insurance premiums.”

The ministry eventually plans to extend the service to the cities of Puri and Kadambdi. 

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