Government’s decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will accelerate the push towards electronic payments system, which currently has relatively little penetration in India, IT trade body Nasscom said today. “If most of the black money is brought into bank accounts or into the tax net, there will be far less reason to deal only in cash, and far more reasons to transact through electronic payments,” Nasscom President R Chandrashekhar said. Also Read - 11th India Game Developers Conference scheduled for November 22Also Read - Reliance Jio, Paytm advocate increased regulation of messages on OTT platforms
Chandrashekhar is also a member of the Ministry of Finance Committee on Digital Payments, chaired by Ratan P Watal of NITI Aayog. In a statement issued here, Nasscom noted that electronic payment has relatively little penetration in India, where cash accounts for 78 percent of all transactions by value according to the Reserve Bank of India. The move will make a major dent on unaccounted or ‘black money’, rendering it valueless unless it is taken to a bank to get exchanged, potentially bringing it into the tax net, it said.
Nasscom further said it is also a welcome move for the e-commerce industry, where a large number of deliveries in India are ‘COD’ or cash on delivery, raising logistics costs and risks. “While other reasons for use of cash, such as trust, may take longer to alleviate, the present announcement could mitigate a significant factor driving COD, the availability of unaccounted cash,” it said. ALSO READ: Amazon, Flipkart stop CoD orders after Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes abolished
The IT body, however, pointed out that replacement of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes with new high denomination notes in due course could be a “potential dampener” as high value currency notes constitute the foundation of black money and the cash economy. “This historic step by the government could, if optimally leveraged, hugely accelerate the migration to a digital economy,” it added. ALSO READ: How to go cashless with digital wallets as Rs 500, Rs 1,000 currency notes are now banned