The government has extended till March a cashback scheme that offers incentives of up to Rs. 1,000 to merchants for accepting payments through mobile application BHIM (Bharat Interface for Money). “The BHIM cashback scheme for merchants will be operational till March 31, 2018,” a note by Ministry of Electronics and IT said. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 for a period of six months for promoting cashless payments through the BHIM app.
Under the scheme, a merchant can get cashback of Rs. 50 for 20-50 transaction, Rs. 2 for every transaction thereafter till Rs. 950. The monthly limit of BHIM cashback scheme is Rs. 1,000.
The condition for availing benefit is that at least 20 transactions should have been accepted by the merchant during the month from unique users of the BHIM with each amounting to minimum of Rs. 25.
The app user can make transaction by using UPI address, ISFC code and bank account of the recipient and by scanning QR code that can be generated in the app itself.
Unlike mobile wallets, users are not required to store money in the BHIM app.