Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics & IT, and Law & Justice, announced that one crore merchants will be provided with BHIM QR code through CSC E-governance Services India.
BHIM had earlier launched a BHIM merchant account which is usually an account for merchants or shopkeepers. If you are one, you can register for BHIM merchant account, and then you can use BHIM to receive payments from your customers. Along with that you will also avail an opportunity to participate in BHIM cashback scheme for the merchants. This way you can get extra cash benefits using BHIM.
The government registered entity Common Service Centres (CSC) are access points for delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, healthcare, financial, education and agriculture services, apart from a host of B2C services to citizens in rural and remote areas of the country.
It is a pan-India network catering to regional, geographic, linguistic and cultural diversity of the country, thus enabling the Government’s mandate of a socially, financially and digitally inclusive society. It vision is, e-Development of India as the engine for transition into a developed nation and an empowered society.
The minister, talking at the IT Minister conclave, said that one crore merchants will be enabled with BHIM QR code, which means more number of merchants will be joining the digital initiative by the Government of India.
Merchants will need to generate a BHIM payment request to customers using their virtual payment address (VPA) or mobile number. This way customers can pay merchants faster. Merchants can display their VPA and mobile number along with QR code on a poster outside their shop, so that they don’t need to generate payment requests every time.