TRAI pushes DTH cos for BHIM & Bharat QR payments

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked direct to home operators (DTH) to enable digital payments via BHIM/UPI and Bharat QR code by onboarding billers on the Bharat Bill Payment System and print the QR code on DTH bills.

The TRAI also said that DTH operators should enable at least two ofthe following options in all physical payment receipt counters:

• Pull request through mobile number virtual payment address (VPA) wherein a request of bill amount is received on BHIM/ UPI enabled app of the customer.

• Prominent display of printed static Bharat QR code on the billing counter to enable customer to scan and pay.

• Dynamic Bharat QR code on a display facing the customer.

They have also been asked to provide a visible discount to encourage digital payment over cash and hold campaigns to promote it. “The government is making efforts for promoting a less cash economy and digital payments in various utilities. To achieve this, the government is working with multiple stakeholders for promotion of digital payments,” it said.

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