Now the rural population in India can ease their way of living by being able to pay their bills such as electricity, water and telephone at Common Service Centers (CSCs) through debit or credit cards and in cash as well.
The will be possible with the Reserve Bank of India granting Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) licence to CSC e-Governance Services India, which manages around 1.66 lakh common service centres across the country.
The CSCs have been opened in villages for the delivery of various electronic services like online ticket booking, Aadhaar enrolment, etc.
Through Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units, bill payments can be made online and through a network of agents on the ground well.
One can also use prepaid payment instruments including wallets, and other electronic payment options such as net banking, IMPS, etc. The service can also helpful in collection of university fee, mutual funds and insurance premium, thus also acting as a payment gateway.