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Notes withdrawal a big leap towards e-payments: Nasscom

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 15, 2018 Published on November 09, 2016

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The government’s decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will accelerate the push towards the 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.

Chandrashekhar is also a member of the Ministry of Finance Committee on Digital Payments, chaired by Ratan P Watal of the NITI Aayog.

In a statement issued here, Nasscom noted that electronic payments have relatively little penetration in India, where cash accounts for 78 per cent of all transactions by value according to the Reserve Bank of India.

The move will make a major dent in unaccounted or ‘black money’, rendering it valueless unless it is taken to a bank to be 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.

The IT body, however, said 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.

Published on November 09, 2016
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