The mission to make Shirdi cashless has already started.
Mumbai: The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) has decided to develop an application that will help devotees make cashless transactions in Shirdi.
Speaking after a board meeting on Sunday, SSST chairman Suresh Haware said, “Our trust has decided to develop a ‘Sai Wallet’ app to help devotees with all their monetary transactions and make their stay easier.”
As per the trust’s estimates, 25,000 devotees visit the town every day to seek the blessings of Sai Baba and on special days like Guru Purnima, the Sai Baba temple sees up to a lakh devotees.
Mr Haware said, “This app will be useful for every monetary transaction, be it for booking hotel rooms or paying bills at restaurants or even medical bills at the hospital. People will be able to use it to make donations as well,” he said.
The mission to make Shirdi cashless has already started. As of now, swipe machines are being used at 34 different places in the town for payments, including donation counters, aarti booking counters, hostels for devotees, prasad counters, the hospital and the public relations office.
Mr Haware also said that the SSST has ensured that devotees can avail of the net banking services of six banks — Kotak Mahindra, Andhra Bank, HDFC, Union Bank, Bank of Baroda and Central Bank, whereas Kotak Mahindra, Andhra Bank and HDFC’s online payment gateway system is available for the faithful. “The app would make people more comfortable while they stay in Shirdi,” said Mr Haware.