Government plans to include GST in UPI QR code
The government is looking at upgrading the QR code for UPI in such a way that it can incorporate the GST component and show the same separately. This will enable the government to come out with fiscal incentives for payments that are made digitally.
The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is working on UPI to enable this feature, CEO Dilip Asbe revealed. According to Asbe, when both ends of the payment are driven by software with information going to a cloud, there is no limit to the innovation that can take place. Additionally, information provided to the merchant and customer can grow manifold.
He said that the NPCI was working with banks and payment companies to create the capacity to handle a billion UPI transactions daily. “UPI has grown 250% in nine months. It is a journey where everyone has to keep investing,” he said.
Asbe was speaking at an event organised by Paytm to launch an upgraded version of its soundbox, which provides payment confirmation through audio and a screen. The payment company also launched a software application developed jointly with Visa which enables any NFC-equipped smartphone to accept contactless card payments from all card networks.
Speaking at the launch, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma said that the company has sold 9 lakh point-of-sale (PoS) devices in 18 months and was targeting to upgrade 50 lakh merchants to accepting contactless payment over smartphones and IoT (internet of things, or net-connected) devices.
Sharma said that Paytm was already working on developing the dynamic QR that could incorporate GST. Speaking at the same event, Visa’s India chief T R Ramachandran said that with 25 billion IoT devices in the world, the scope for contactless payments has increased. He said that over 50 countries have increased their limit for contactless payments and the RBI has also revised the limit after analysing years of fraud data.
On the proposed licences for the new umbrella entities proposed by the RBI, Ramachandran said that the heterogeneous nature of the Indian market meant that one size does not fit all. He pointed out that there were under-penetrated segments in digital payments, such as B2B transactions and cross-border remittances. “It requires a thousand flowers to bloom to satisfy the appetite of India,” he said.
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