Kerala State Beverages Corporation (KSBC) is set to install card swiping machines in their Foreign Liquor shops throughout Kerala. They have published the tender notice on all major newspapers on 25th May, 2017, inviting Banks to supply card swiping machines for all 271 FL-1 category Liquor shops spread throughout Kerala.
According to the tender notice by the State Beverages Corporation, introduction of swiping machines will provide better facilities to the customers of KSBC retail shops. It has also been said that, initially KSBC’s self help premium counters will be the set of retail shops to avail this service.
“This move by the KSBC could be a stepping stone for Kerala government to go cashless. If you ask me this idea should’ve been implemented at the time of demonetization. A lot of people that I knew just couldn’t spend the little amount of cash that they had to buy alcohol and there was no way for us to use our Debit cards in KSBC outlets,” says Jacob Anthony, who is resident of Thodupuzha. During that time, people had to resort to Beer and Wine parlors where drinks were sold at a marginally higher price.