Govt departments lap up digital payment solutions

Govt departments have been instructed to carry out a majority of their transactions through digital modes to eliminate corruption and reduce dependence on cash


MobiKwik also claims to have been powering cashless transactions of various government organisations post demonetisation. Photo: Mint
MobiKwik also claims to have been powering cashless transactions of various government organisations post demonetisation. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Online payment service providers and mobile wallet companies have recorded a huge surge in queries and sign-ups from various governmental departments across sectors such as education, health and power, in the last two months.

The tie-ups come at a time when these departments have been instructed to carry a majority of their transactions through digital modes to eliminate corruption and reduce the dependence on cash.

“We have received numerous queries from government bodies for our digital payment solution in the last two months. Since the shortage of cash put the economy to a standstill, our solutions allows the users to take monetary transactions online and ensure that their business continues,” said Shailaz Nag, co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) of PayU India, in a statement.

PayU India is a digital payments provider owned by South Africa’s Naspers Group.

The company said the government departments that have already tied up with it include e-Mitra, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Punjab State Power Corp., Bangalore Electricity Supply Co. Ltd (BESCOM), Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, Karnataka State Tourism Development Corp. (KSTDC), HP Subordinate Services Selection Board, West Bengal Tourism Development Corp. Ltd, National Highways Authority of India, Delhi Jal Board, Noida Special Economic Zone Authority, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Mobile wallet company MobiKwik also claims to have been powering cashless transactions of various government organisations post demonetisation.

“We have added more than 9 lakh merchants since November 2016. We power digital payments for Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp. (IRCTC), Nation Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and few other government organisations to help their customers pay seamlessly and cashlessly,” said Mrinal Sinha, COO, MobiKwik, in a statement.

MobiKwik also offers payments across India at toll plazas, major gas companies and petrol pumps across India.

Post demonetisation, the government has been undertaking various programmes to enable digital transformation, especially for the rural population and within the government itself. It has also been pushing for new methods of digital transactions which are convenient and easy to access or use.

Pratap T.P., co-founder and chief marketing officer of Qwikcilver, a technology company that offers prepaid and cashless solutions to retail customers, said, “We are working with Payments Council of India, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Retailers Association of India and several other such organizations which directly work with different government entities to boost cashless transactions among merchants and retailers.”

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