The government is working on launching the second phase of promoting digital payments from January, according to an official source. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
“A committee under DAVP (Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity) is working on plans to start promotion of digital payments from January onward,” an official source told PTI. “Information and Broadcasting ministry along with Meity (IT ministry) are involved in firming up this plan,” he said.
The logo and jingle are being designed and the next meeting of the DAVP panel is expected to be held within a week to submit the plans, he said.
“There is a proposal that every ministry should come up with its plan to promote digital payments,” he added. Since the demonetization of high-value currency in November last year, the government has been pushing for digital payments to move towards a less-cash economy as well as enhance tax base.
There was a sudden spike in the number of digital transaction with participation from private sector firms. As per RBI data, 933 crore electronic transactions have taken place in the country, amounting to Rs 12.13 lakh crore, between November 2016 and September 2017. The electronic transaction volume peaked in December 2016 to 95.75 crore. In value terms, it peaked to Rs 1.49 lakh crore in March 2017. As per the official data, there was 87.7 crore electronic transaction in September 2017 involving total amount of over Rs 1.24 lakh crore. ALSO READ: Digital India program to provide 20-30% growth in India s GDP: Alphons
The RBI data shows increasing trend in UPI (unique payment interface) based transactions. The volume of transactions on UPI increased to over 3 crore, involving Rs 5,290 crore, in September this year, from 3 lakh volume and Rs 90 crore in November last year. Mobile banking volume reached an all-time high in September to 8.6 crore from 7.23 crore transactions. The value declined marginally to Rs 1.12 lakh crore Rs 1.24 lakh crore in November 2016.
There was a fluctuating trend in transaction volume and value on pre-paid instruments like a mobile wallet. The transaction value was an all-time high in September at Rs 2,760 crore. Fluctuation has also been there in internet banking and USSD based transactions, as per the RBI data.