Mee Seva centres in the State will now become cash withdrawal centres, besides continuing to provide other services that are provided online now, if the initiative of the IT department takes a concrete shape.
The Government is set to introduce the first-of-its-kind Aadhaar-enabled Payment System in Mee Seva centres from Monday.
The AePS has been conceptualised to allow citizens to use Aadhaar as identity to access their bank accounts and withdraw cash through secure authentication through biometrics at Mee Seva centres.
All that the users will have to give is their Aadhaar number, bank name, account number and citizen biometric authentication to withdraw cash from their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts. The service is being rolled out in 60 Mee Seva centres — 15 each in Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Khammam and Mahabubnagar — and will be extended to cover all the 4,500-plus centres in due course.
Cash limit during the pilot project is being restricted to ₹2,000 and would be extended to Rs.10,000 in the coming days and the entire operation comes free of charge.
An agreement to this effect has been reached between the Electronic Service Delivery (ESD) wing of the Information Technology department, the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) and Kotak Mahindra Bank.
The NCPI has, accordingly, integrated the Mee Seva centres in its payment gateway while the Kotak Mahindra Bank would provide the AePS solutions at the Mee Seva centres, allowing people to withdraw cash from them.
The ESD is currently serving over 1.5 lakh people, providing close to 600 services of 38 departments through a network of more than 4,500 Mee Seva centres on a daily basis.
The AePS service, according to senior officials, has been contemplated for the convenience of consumers in the rural areas where the number of bank branches and ATMs is relatively less. The service is expected to provide banking services in the close vicinity of citizens, saving time and avoiding transport-related expenses to users.