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Admin directs departments to promote digital payments in JK

Post by on Saturday, June 4, 2022

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Rabiya Bashir
Srinagar, June 03: In order to promote digitization of receipts, payments and enhance financial inclusion through digitization, Jammu and Kashmir administration has asked all government departments to follow necessary steps regarding implementation of digital receipts/ payments under Digital India Mission in the Union Territory.
The departments have been asked to raise awareness regarding digital payments via campaigns, festivals and events. “Option shall be 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 modes of payments,” reads an official order issued by Vivek Bharadwaj, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department.
Besides, all the dues as payable to the Government account in the revenue generating departments shall only be made through digital payments. “For the above purpose QR Codes, UPI IDs, 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,” reads an order.
Pertinent to mention 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.
“Promotion of digital payments IS one of the prime focus areas of the Government of India. As a sequel to the 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. Ubiquitous presence of digital payment acceptance infrastructure is a major requirement for up scaling digital payments,” order reads.
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.
“The Departments are further advised to approach DBT Cell of Finance Department and Vikas Sirohi, Nodal Officer, NPCI for UT of Jammu and Kashmir, (Email: Vikas.sirohi@npci.org.in, phone: +91-9582224642) in case of any query or clarification,” reads an order.

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