E-RUPI: What is E-Rupi and how does it work?

Taking the first step towards having a digital currency in the country, PM Narendra Modi has launched an electronic voucher-based digital payment system called E-RUPI.

What is E-RUPI and how does E-RUPI will work?

e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless digital payments medium, which will be delivered to mobile phones of beneficiaries in form of an SMS string or a QR code. This will essentially be like a prepaid gift voucher that will be redeemable at specific accepting centers without any credit or debit card, a mobile app, or internet banking. e-RUPI will connect the sponsors of the services with the beneficiaries and service providers in a digital manner without any physical interface.

It also ensures that the payment to the service provider is made only after the transaction is completed. Being pre-paid in nature, it assures timely payment to the service provider without the involvement of any intermediary.

While addressing the launch of the new platform, Modi Ji said that the E-RUPI voucher is going to play a major role in strengthening the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme by the government. He further said that the E-RUPI will help in assuring targeted, transparent, and leakage-free delivery for all.

He also added that the E-RUPI is a person as well as a purpose-specific platform.

Who has developed E-RUPI?

E-RUPI, a cashless and contactless instrument for digital payment has been developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on its UPI platform, in collaboration with the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and National Health Authority.

What are the uses of E-RUPI?

According to the government, e-RUPI is expected to ensure a leak-proof delivery of welfare services. It can also be used for delivering services under schemes meant for providing drugs and nutritional support under Mother and Child welfare schemes, TB eradication programs, drugs & diagnostics under schemes like Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, fertilizer subsidies, etc. The government also said that even the private sector can leverage these digital vouchers as part of their employee welfare and corporate social responsibility programs.

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What are the benefits of using E-RUPI?

This contactless e-RUPI is easy, safe, and secure as it keeps the details of the beneficiaries completely confidential. The entire transaction process through this voucher is relatively faster and at the same time reliable, as the required amount is already stored in the voucher.

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Benefits of E-Rupi to Corporates

  • Corporates can enable the well-being of their employees
  • End to end the digital transaction and doesn’t require any physical issuance hence leading to cost reduction
  • Voucher redemption can be tracked by the issuer
  • Quick, safe & contactless voucher distribution

Benefits of E-Rupi to Hospitals

  • Easy & Secure – Voucher is authorized via a verification code
  • Hassle-free & Contactless payment collection – Handling of cash or cards is not required
  • Quick redemption process – The voucher can be redeemed in a few steps and lesser decline due to the pre-blocked amount

Benefits of E-Rupi to Consumer

  • Contactless – Beneficiary should not carry a printout of the voucher
  • Easy redemption – 2 step redemption process
  • Safe and Secure – Beneficiary doesn’t need to share personal details while redemption hence privacy is maintained
  • No digital or bank presence required – Consumer redeeming the voucher need not have a digital payment app or a bank account

Banks Live with E-RUPI

S. No.Bank NameIssuerAcquireAcquiring App/Entity
1.Axis BankYesYes Bharat Pe
2.Bank of BarodaYes Yes BHIM Baroda Merchant Pay
3.Canara BankYes NA
4.HDFC BankYes Yes HDFC Business Ap
5.ICICI BankYes Yes Bharat Pe and Pins Lab
6.Indusind BankYes NA
7.Indian BankYes NA
8.Kotak BankYes NA
9.Punjab National BankYes Yes PNB Merchant Pay
10.State Bank of IndiaYes Yes YONO SBI Merchant
11.Union Bank of IndiaYes NA

Frequently Asked Questions- FAQs

What is the e-RUPI?

e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless digital payments medium, which will be delivered to mobile phones of beneficiaries in form of an SMS string or a QR code. This will essentially be like a prepaid gift voucher that will be redeemable at specific accepting centers without any credit or debit card, a mobile app, or internet banking. e-RUPI will connect the sponsors of the services with the beneficiaries and service providers in a digital manner without any physical interface.

Is e-RUPI a Cryptocurrency?

e-RUPI comes close to central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs. “In terms of technology. e-RUPI is different from the cryptocurrencies”. e-RUPI ensures that the payment to the service provider is made only after the transaction is completed. Being pre-paid in nature, it assures timely payment to the service provider without the involvement of any intermediary.

Who can use e-RUPI?

According to the government, e-RUPI is expected to ensure a leak-proof delivery of welfare services. It can also be used for delivering services under schemes meant for providing drugs and nutritional support under Mother and Child welfare schemes, TB eradication programs, drugs & diagnostics under schemes like Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, fertilizer subsidies, etc. The government also said that even the private sector can leverage these digital vouchers as part of their employee welfare and corporate social responsibility programs.

What is e-RUPI digital payment solution?

e-RUPI is a cashless and contactless digital payments medium, which will be delivered to mobile phones of beneficiaries in form of an SMS string or a QR code. This will essentially be like a prepaid gift voucher that will be redeemable at specific accepting centers without any credit or debit card, a mobile app, or internet banking. e-RUPI will connect the sponsors of the services with the beneficiaries and service providers in a digital manner without any physical interface.

It also ensures that the payment to the service provider is made only after the transaction is completed. Being pre-paid in nature, it assures timely payment to the service provider without the involvement of any intermediary.

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