The government will on October 2 launch a concerted campaign on digital transactions
involving all ministries, states and public sector units.
According to the government’s action plan, all online payment options of the government or PSUs will include BHIM
and all government receipt counters will display the Bharat QR
“All bus, train and Metro ticket counters and licenced kiosks and shops will display the Bharat QR
code and discounts will be offered for digital payments,” a source said.
The government is also considering printing the Bharat QR
code on all utility bills as a payment option and telecom operators will be told to ensure its prominent display at recharge outlets offering additional talk time for digital payment.
Ministries, states and PSUs will proactively publicise and promote digital payments.
According to the government, the real objectives of demonetisation
were formalisation of the economy and digitisation of transactions. The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) annual report states over Rs 15 lakh crore of scrapped currency notes have returned to the banking system after demonetisation.
The government feels demonetisation
has provided a boost to digitalisation of payments to make India a less-cash economy.