E-Mandates And Their Power To Transform Payments In India
As a professional with a delightful 17 years track record for administering innovative business and technology solution in the payment industry and digital channel, Arif Khan is now the Chief Digital Officer to National Payment Corporation of India. Over the years he has mastered in strong leadership roles as Senior Vice President at HDFC Bank, Director Payments and Transformation for Price water house Coopers, Senior Business Leader at Mastercard, and Chief Innovation Officer to Razorpay.
Innovation in payments and banking is playing a crucial role in India’s digitization journey. Fast, convenient and transparent payment solutions are transforming the way Indians transact today. After UPI and Aadhaar-based payments, the next solution poised to create massive impact for businesses and customers is e-Mandate. E-Mandates are digital payment instruments that will fast-track recurring payments of every nature by completely removing the friction from the process. This will mean instant and secure payments, on schedule, every single time without the need for OTPs, reminders and late fees.
E-Mandates replace the physical mandate system of ECS, transforming the entire system of direct debit payments. Setting up and managing e-
Mandates is fast, convenient and completely digital, reducing the payment processing time by nearly 80 percent. The impact of this efficiency is going to be huge, especially in today’s internet powered economy. Instant cash, on time, every time means a steady and assured flow of revenue for businesses to scale. Even for customers, e-Mandates provide flexibility in terms of initiating, managing and canceling mandates.
The subscription business model has taken the world’s developed economies by storm. The key to successful subscriptions lies in frictionless payments. E-Mandates deliver exactly this - a one-time transaction authorization at the start of the billing cycle to ensure security, with all subsequent payments being fully automated. Even in India, subscription businesses are fast growing. E-Mandates can be managed either through the NPCI e-NACH route (currently available for 45 banks) or through individual e-Mandate systems instituted by banks themselves (currently available with 4-5 banks). Both channels fulfill the same end objective of automating recurring payments.
E-mandates will be transformative in the way that payments are handled in India
UPI, with its inherent ease of transferring money anytime from anywhere to anyone when combined with mandates, can prove to be ground breaking for businesses. For instance, an Uber user can trigger a mandate to automate all future Uber payments, without having to enter OTPs for each transaction or loading a wallet for convenience. This mode of making payments can be extended to several other areas like e-commerce, on-demand media, service marketplaces or just about any product or service that requires recurring payments (scheduled or otherwise).
E-Mandates will be transformative in the way that payments are handled in India.