SRINAGAR: Underlining that the ubiquitous presence of digital payment acceptance infrastructure was a major requirement for up-scaling digital payments, the government has asked all its concerned departments and agencies to immediately implement various modalities on digital receipts and payments in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Promotion of digital payments is one of the prime focus area of the Government of India. As a sequel to same the Government of Jammu & Kashmir is also focussing on promotion of digital payments and enabling convenient digital payment modes throughout Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir,” reads a circular by government.
“Ubiquitous presence of digital payment acceptance infrastructure is a major requirement for up scaling digital payments”.
In this regard, the circular noted that a one day workshop was conducted during last year in association with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on 13th of September, 2021 at SKICC, Srinagar under Government of India, Digital Programme for deepening of Digital Payments in Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
“With a view to promote digitization of receipts/ payments and enhance financial inclusion through digitization, it is impressed upon all the concerned Government Departments/ Agencies to immediately implement (various) modalities on digital receipts/ payments under Digital India Mission in Jammu and Kashmir.
They have been asked to keep option made available for “Citizen to Government/ Business to Government receipts such as payment of registration fee, water tax, licence fee, fines etc. through different digital mode of payments.”
All dues as payable to the Government account in the revenue-generating departments shall only be through digital payments, it said.
“For the above purpose QR Codes, UPI IDs, and Account Numbers should be made readily available on the cash counters.” Hospital charges, including registration, clinical and other examinations shall only be through digital payments, it said.
“Departments shall raise awareness regarding digital payments via campaigns, festivals, and events.” The Administrative Secretaries have been asked to direct the concerned Department(s)/Agencies to shift to full-fledged Digital receipts/payments and avoid cash transactions in any manner for the transactions undertaken by the Departments. (GNS)