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PayPoint’s Kashem Ali braves floods to provide banking services in Barpeta

With floods making daily life difficult in many parts of Assam, a man from Barpeta district has enabled hundreds to access regular banking by the use of a boat.

In these difficult times, Kashem Ali, a customer service provider of PayPoint India, has been rendering his service silently – in his own small but innovative way. Every morning, Ali sails on a local-made boat with his laptop, dongle for internet connectivity, fingerprint scanner, basic printer, etc. for over 6 kilometers to provide banking service to seven villages.

As PayPoint India delivers banking service in alliance with State Bank of India, Ali is able to provide all the basic banking services, including withdrawal of funds from the accounts of other banks to the customers.

“He has been providing this service daily, putting his own life to great risk, to over 2,200 residents of these small and inundated villages at a time when the villagers have no other means to access their own money lying in their accounts,” a statement from PayPoint India said.

Over 26 lakh population in Assam continued to reel under floods as the death toll also increased further to 97 on July 25.

Additionally, 27 people died due to landslides in the state so far.

Barpeta district is one of the worst-affected districts.

Several major rivers of the state continued to flow over the danger level, including the Brahmaputra at many places.

Over 47,000 displaced people were being sheltered in nearby 300 relief camps.


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