J&K govt directs all departments to shift to digital payments mode

Srinagar, June 03 (KNS): The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday asked all the administrative secretaries to direct the concerned departments to shift to digital receipts and payments and avoid cash transactions.

In a circular, issued by the finance department, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS), government has asked that option shall be made available for Citizen to Government, Business to Government receipts such as payment of registration fee, water tax, license fee, fines etc. through different digital mode of payments.
“With a view to promote digitization of receipts/payments and enhance financial inclusion through digitization, it is impressed upon all the concerned Government Departments/Agencies to immediately implement the modalities on digital receipts/ payments under Digital India Mission in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” reads the circular.
It reads that all dues as payable to the Government account in the revenue generating departments shall only be through digital payments, and has asked to make the availability of QR Codes, UPI IDs, and Account Numbers on the cash counters. 
“Hospital charges including registration, clinical and other examinations shall only be through digital payments. Departments shall raise awareness regarding digital payments via campaigns, festivals and events.” 
It added that the Administrative Secretaries are requested to direct the concerned departments and agencies to shift to full-fledged Digital receipts/payments and avoid cash transactions in any manner for the transactions undertaken by the Departments. 
It reads that the promotion of digital payments is one of the prime focus areas of the Government of India. 
“As a sequel to the same the Government of Jammu & Kashmir is also focusing on promotion of digital payments and enabling convenient digital payment modes throughout the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. Ubiquitous presence of digital payment acceptance infrastructure is a major requirement for up scaling digital payments.” 
It added that i this regard, a one-day workshop was conducted during last year in association with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on 13 September, 2021 at SKICC, Srinagar under Government of India, Digital Programme for deepening of Digital Payments in Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir. (KNS)

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