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    What is e-RUPI Digital Payment Solution | EXPLAINED


    e-RUPI is a new digital payment solution that aims to simplify the payment system. It is a cashless and contactless payment system developed by NPIC and will be the next step under the Digital India initiative.

    By Kamlesh Ranjan - 
    2nd Aug 2021

    Highlights of the Story

    • e-RUPI is a voucher-based digital payment system.
    • The new payment method aims to revolutionise the payment service and ensure each fund is being used for its assigned purpose.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a new payment method in our country. The electronic voucher-based digital payment system is called “e-RUPI” and is projected to become the stepping stone towards having a digital currency. The platform has been developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the same organisation that created Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

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    What is e-RUPI?

    e-RUPI is a cashless & contactless payment system. It creates an SMS-string code or QR code that will be sent to the user’s mobile phone. Once the code is received, the person can redeem the code from an authorised centre and get their payment. In general, it is sort of a prepaid gift card-based digital voucher that a person can redeem at a dedicated accepting centre.

    How will e-RUPI work?

    e-RUPI works on simple gift-card based technology. You can present the code to a centre, and they can immediately provide you with the amount. You’ll also not require any debit/credit card, mobile app, or internet banking to use the service.

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    How will e-RUPI vouchers be issued?

    Every e-RUPI voucher must be issued by a bank in collaboration with a corporate or government entity. NPIC has already onboarded banks that can issue the e-RUPI vouchers. Apart from that, the sponsoring organisations have to provide details of their beneficiaries and their mobile number and the purpose for which the e-RUPI voucher is being created.

    Which Bank can issue e-RUPI?

    As of now, only 11 Banks can issue an e-RUPI voucher to any sponser of government body.

    Banks that are issuer and acquirer of e-RUPI. Source: NPIC

    What will be the benefit of e-RUPI?

    As per the Government of India, e-RUPI is a revolutionary digital payment service that will ensure a leak-proof delivery of welfare services. The private sector can also leverage this method and use digital vouchers for employee welfare or corporate social responsibility.

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    Is it a Digital Currency?

    No, e-RUPI is not a digital currency. However, it could potentially be a step in creating a digital currency. According to Indian Express, e-RUPI would be able to highlight any issues in the digital payments system. Hence, the success and failure rate of a possible digital currency could be analysed.

    Will I be able to use e-RUPI wherever I want?

    NO, e-RUPI can only be used for the purpose it has been created for by the sponsor of the e-RUPI voucher, be it a private organisation or government organisation.

    For more information on e-RUPI long on NPIC website.

    Arpita Jha
    1 Month ago
    The Prime Minister recently unveiled e-RUPI, a new digital payment mode in India. It is a prepaid e-voucher powered by UPI and it works by authentication through QR-code or SMS. To simplify, it reduces a lot of qualifiers (like smartphones, payment apps, credit/debit cards and even bank accounts) that a recipient needs to get hold of benefits issued by the Government. To understand how it works, head to the link below.

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