Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed hope that digital payment is going to pick up momentum with more advanced technology coming into the market. A lot of people went in for digitization in terms of mode of paying more out of compulsion rather than finding it a more convenient method to transact, but that compulsion created a habit for many, he said after the launch of a mobile app for digital payments developed by Google for India. Also Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football ChampionshipAlso Read - Android 12 beta 2 rolling out: New privacy features, tweaked design and more
“We reached a peak figure (after the demonetization), then it marginally slipped and is now bound to pick up again,” he said. Built on the government-supported Unified Payments Interface (UPI), Tez allows users, free of charge, to make small or big payments straight from their bank accounts, Google said. The app was built for India, working on the vast majority of the country s smartphones, and is available in English and seven Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu). ALSO READ: Google Tez top features: From audio QR to business integration
Tez, a Hindi word which means fast, works in partnership with four Banks — Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, and State Bank of India (SBI) — to facilitate the processing of payments across over 50 UPI-enabled banks. “Now, the time has come with the application as simple as this that what started as compulsion becomes a matter of convenience and eventually a matter of spending habit as far as Indian people are concerned,” the finance minister noted.
The app is available now for download on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS).