Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma heaped praise on the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s contactless entry service — DigiYatra adding that he wouldn’t mind paying a monthly subscription fee for the ease it offers.
What Happened? The Paytm chief’s tweet on early Friday wasn’t only to laud the government for its digitisation efforts in making airport entry more seamless but also to take a jab at Twitter’s decision to remove all legacy verification ‘blue ticks’ from accounts. However, it seems as he did go on to pay for the subscription as at the time of writing his Twitter account did have a blue tick.
“DigiYatra is so good that I don't mind paying a monthly subscription for it! Feels truly privileged to use it on T3. IMO [in my opinion], DigiYatra perk is way more valuable than Twitter Blue in India,” wrote Vijay Shekhar Sharma in his tweet.
The Government launched DigiYatra as a service for paperless and contactless entry at airports, enabling passengers to travel without a physical boarding pass. DigiYatra uses a facial recognition system (FRS) to verify the identity of passengers linked to their boarding passes.
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In December 2022, the authorities launched the facility at three airports – Delhi, Bengaluru, and Varanasi, which greatly helped people skip long entry queues at busy airport terminals.
The fintech entrepreneur who’s usually on top of tech developments globally doesn’t mind retweeting something when he likes what he sees, even if it’s something from Elon Musk. However, Sharma doesn’t seem to be very pleased about Musk’s call to monetise verified blue check marks and push them behind an expensive paywall.
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