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  • Govt pushes for E-tolling! FASTags to be made mandatory from December 1 To ensure seamless traffic and prevent congestion at toll plazas, the government Friday said it has decided to declare all lanes at toll fee plaza on national highways as 'FASTag lanes' from December 1. However, among all lanes, one 'hybrid lane' will be allowed at every toll plaza to facilitate and monitor over-dimensional or oversized vehicles, where FASTag and other modes of payment will be accepted. Business Today Report 19 July 2019
  • RFID project kickstarted, officially The much-awaited RFID project for collecting toll tax was officially inaugurated on Monday. While visiting the newly-operation facility at DND Flyway, lieutenant governor Anil Baijal said that the project will minimise the number of commercial vehicles entering Delhi. The Times of India 16 July 2019
  • Customers can buy FASTags on e-platforms, apps A simple idea of digitalising micropayments at toll plazas led to conceptualisation of the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) program a few years ago. FASTags, an RFID tag which permits the customer to drive seamlessly through toll plazas without stopping at the counter, are being issued by about 22 banks. Collectively, these banks have issued over 5 million tags which are accepted at over 500 toll plazas across the country. DNA 16 July 2019
  • Incentivise pharma to adopt global practices, standards Mr Ravi Mathur, CEO, GS1 India says 'The pharma sector could be incentivized in the budget for adopting global practices & standards which enable counterfeit detection & authentication. The vision of GS1 India is to significantly enhance patient safety through elimination of medication errors, track & trace, product recalls, counterfeit detection & authentication of medicines & medical devices Deccan Herald 04 July 2019
  • Expectations from Union Budget 2019 The pharma sector could be incentivized in the budget for adopting global practices & standards which enable counterfeit detection & authentication. The vision of GS1 India is to significantly enhance patient safety through elimination of medication errors, track & trace, product recalls, counterfeit detection & authentication of medicines & medical devices,” said Mr. Mr Ravi Mathur, CEO GS1. Bio Spectrum India 04 July 2019
  • Govt mulls mandatory barcoding of all medicines sold within India The government plans to make barcoding mandatory on all medicines sold locally in a bid to offset India’s growing reputation as a source of counterfeit medicines. While the system is already in place for medical devices and export of medicines to ensure their authenticity and traceability, the Union health ministry plans to take a tough stance for the domestic market as well despite resistance from drug companies. Mint news report 10 June 2019
  • FASTags can now be purchased online through Amazon FASTags are now available on e-commerce platform Amazon to further promote digital payment of toll for seamless traffic, the government said Wednesday. FASTag is a reloadable tag which enables automatic deduction of charges at toll plazas. ET Retail news report 30 May 2019
  • Government targets higher adoption of FASTag Drivers of vehicles that do not have the FASTag device installed may soon have to pay twice the toll fee on entering the FASTag lane. The device, when installed in the vehicle, enables drivers to drive through toll plazas without having to stop. Mint report 21 May 2019
  • Retail & online marketplaces adopt GS1 DataKart Online marketplaces and large retailers including Walmart, Reliance Retail and Big Basket said they are adopting global standards provider GS1 India’s DataKart– for standardised validation and authentication of information on retail products. “Adoption of the standards technology ensures companies' compliance on statutory labelling and guidelines, filtering out unauthorised products, license and certificate validation by consumers, quicker product listing, and alerts on depleted stocks and product recall,” said GS1 chief executive Ravi Mathur. The Economic Times Report 14 May 2019
  • Non-FASTag users may soon have to pay double toll fee if they enter FasTag lanes One may soon have to shell out twice the toll fee on entering the FASTag lane without the FASTag device installed in the vehicle. The device, when installed in the vehicle, enables payments without stopping the car at the toll plaza. The government is mulling imposition of a double toll fee, if non-FASTag vehicles enter the FASTag lane, a move that is expected to ensure seamless movement of vehicles in the lane and also give a boost to FASTag adoption. Mint report 13 May 2019
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