Kolkata: Taking Digital India at high seas, the Indian Navy and State Bank of India (SBI) have launched SBI’s NAV-eCash Card onboard India’s largest Naval Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya.
The launch of this card was done in presence of C S Setty, Managing Director (Retail & Digital Banking), SBI and Vice-Admiral R Harikumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command.
The launch of SBI’s NAV-eCash Card is an important milestone for digital payment solutions and SBI’s commitment towards the GOI’s vision of Digital India and a conscious shift towards a less-cash economy. The unique infrastructure at naval ships inhibits traditional payment solutions particularly when the ship is on high seas where there is no connectivity. NAV-eCash Card with its dual-chip technology will facilitate both online as well as offline transactions.
The Card will obviate the difficulties faced by personnel onboard in handling physical cash during deployment of the ship at high seas. The idea of such a card was jointly nurtured by SBI and Navy officials and the card takes care of the requirements of the Navy to provide a seamless onboard experience. The new journey envisioned in the form of NAV- eCash Card will change the payment ecosystem while the ship is sailing with no dependency on cash for utilization of any of the services on board.
Speaking at the occasion, C S Setty, MD (Retail & Digital Banking), SBI, emphasised the Bank’s commitment towards defence forces and the long relationship with the armed forces of India. He also expressed the feeling of pride in being associated with defence forces. The concept will be replicated at other naval ships and various defence establishments for creating a secured, convenient and sustainable payment ecosystem.