PM launches voucher-based digital payment mechanism eRUPI

It is a cashless and contactless digital payment instrument

New Delhi, August 2

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched eRUPI, a person and purpose-specific digital payment solution that is aimed at improving transparency and targeted delivery of benefits.

Over the years, several programmes have been launched to ensure that the benefits reach its intended beneficiaries in a targeted and leak-proof manner, with limited touchpoints between the government and the beneficiary. The concept of electronic vouchers takes forward this vision of good governance.

To begin with, eRUPI facility is available for health services and will be expanded to other segments.

"Today the country is giving a new dimension to digital governance. eRUPI voucher is going to play a huge role in making digital transactions, and DBT more effective. This will help everyone in targeted, transparent, and leakage-free delivery," the Prime Minister said while launching eRUPI.

Not only the government, if any general organisation or organisation wants to help someone in their treatment, in their education or for any other work, then they will be able to give eRUPI instead of cash, he said.

This will ensure that the money given by him is used for the same work for which that amount has been given, he added.

What is it?

eRUPI is a cashless and contactless one-time digital payment mechanism. Developed by the National Payments Corporation of India on its UPI platform, in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and the National Health Authority, eRUPI is a QR code or SMS string-based e-voucher, which is delivered to the mobile of the beneficiaries. Users will be able to redeem the voucher without a card, digital payments app or internet banking access, at the service provider.

—Agencies

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