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The Karnataka state government in India reportedly has signed a memorandum of understanding with local banks to test a scheme that would enable citizens to collect pay and pensions with accounts tied to contactless cards. The scheme requires users to register and store cardholders' fingerprints to authenticate transactions, according to the Business Standard newspaper. Cardholders would make their payments under the country's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Local bank and government officials offered CardLine Global no immediate comment. But Prathima Rajan, an India-based analyst with research firm Celent, tells CardLine Global that officials in other Indian states have established or are considering similar schemes.

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