New Delhi :
The first-ever ATM machine on board aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the countryâ€™s largest warship has been inaugurated on Saturday.
The ATM on the ship docked at the naval base at Karwar will be operated by the countryâ€™s largest lender SBI and will cater to over 1,500 personnel and officers deployed on the ship.
â€œThe facilities offered by the State Bank of India to the ship include cash withdrawals, generation of mini-statements, access to bank balance details and change of PIN numbers.
â€œIn the near future, the facility will be upgraded to a recycler machine with a cash deposit facility. Additionally, facilities like cash transfer, card-to-card transfer, credit card payment, mobile number registration and updation would also be available,â€ an official statement said.
It added that a Point of Sale (PoS) system will also be installed in the future on the warship and this â€œwould go a long way in supporting cashless transactions on the ship, in line with the governmentâ€™s policy of digitising the Indian economyâ€.
The facility was inaugurated jointly by Flag Officer Commanding of the Karnataka Naval Area Rear Admiral K J Kumar and SBI MD and Group Executive Rajnish Kumar.
INS Vikramadityaâ€™s Commanding Officer Captain Krishna Swaminathan said that the ATM machine â€œwill enable personnel of the ship to manage their domestic financial requirements better and assist them in conducting their money transactions at their own convenience.â€