10 Best Cashless Payment methods

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It’s time to go cashless. The purpose of demonetization is not only to remove black money but also to encourage cashless payment. Instead of breaking your heads by standing in ATM queue you should adopt a cashless method for the transaction. A cashless method is more transparent as every transaction can be traced easily as it leaves its footprints. Many smart people have adopted new cashless payment options. If you are wondering which cashless option, you should adopt here is list of 10 Best Cashless Payment options for you.

10 Best Cashless Payment methods

1. Cheque

The cheque is one of the oldest methods of cashless payment. It is a known method to everyone. In this method, you issue a cheque for the specific amount to someone else. The cheque gets deposited in the respective bank. The bank processes a payment through a clearing house.

The entire transaction done through cheque gets recorded and there is a proof of payment. However, there are instances where cheque payments get dishonored due to signature mismatch or insufficient fund. In order to avoid such issue, you can use other cashless payment options.

2. Demand Draft

Demand draft is another rudimentary way of cashless transaction. It is a safest option to receive payment from anyone. Demand draft (DD) never gets defaulted as it is signed by the banker. The disadvantage of DD and cheque is you need to visit a bank in order to deposit cheque and demand draft. The clearance of cheque or DD takes additional time.

3. Online Transfer- NEFT or RTGS

The third simplest method for the cashless transaction is online transfer using NEFT or RTGS. In order to do online money transfer, you need internet banking facility. Online transfer using NEFT or RTGS is comparatively faster than cheque or DD. Online transfer can be done from anywhere using internet facility.

4. Credit Card or Debit Card

Credit card or debit card is another cashless payment method. The usage of credit card and debit card was limited in India. However, usage of credit card and debit card is increasing now. The limitation of this payment method is an availability of swipe card facility (PoS) at merchant end.

5. E-Wallets

E-wallet is next cashless payment option. E-wallet can be used to purchase products starting from grocery to airline tickets. In order to use E-wallets customer and merchant, both require a smartphone with active internet connection. The most popular example of E-wallet is PayPal. Apart from PayPal, you can also use Payoneer, Transferwise, Skrill, and PayZa.

After registering for E-wallet you need to link your credit card or debit card with your E-wallet id. You can use e-wallet for fund transfer or online shopping. It is a simplest cashless method.

6. Mobile Wallets

The next cashless payment method is a mobile wallet. You do not need a debit card, credit card or internet banking password for making payment using a mobile wallet. Just load money in your wallet via IMPS and use it on the move. You can download mobile wallet app from play store. Few examples of mobile wallets are Paytm, PayUmoney, Oxigen, Lime, MobiKwik etc.

7. UPI Apps

UPI is a mobile payment system which allows you to do various financial transactions on your smartphone. UPI allows you to send or receive money using virtual payment address without entering bank information. Merchants can enroll with banks to accept payments using UPI.  Like in the case of a PoS machine, the merchant would require a current account with a bank to accept UPI payments.

The examples of few UPI Apps are SBI Pay, ICICI Pocket, Axis Pay UPI App, Union Bank UPI App, PNB UPI, PhonePe, TranZapp etc.

8. Gift Card

The next cashless payment method is a gift card. Gift Card is a readymade card and can be purchased from a merchant or from the bank. The gift card is loaded with a fix cash amount you can purchase any item from the specific vendor by using a gift card.

9. Aadhaar Enabled Payment System

Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS) is one of the best cashless payment methods. AEPS is like Micro ATM it uses smartphone and a finger-print scanner for the transaction. In order to use this facility, it is mandatory to link your Aadhaar card to your bank account.  You can use AEPS in order to perform transaction like Aadhar to Aadhar fund transfer, Cash withdrawal, Cash deposit etc.

10. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data

You can use USSD cashless option if you don’t have a smartphone or internet connection. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data is mobile banking service. From any mobile phone, you can dial *99# and use this service. You can do all these things which are available to a person with smartphone and internet connection. Almost all banks including SBI, ICICI,BOB, Axis Bank and PNB supports USSD payment option.


Over to you –

It’s time to say goodbye to paper currency and adopt a new way of making cashless payment. Let’s help our own nation to fight against black money and cash crunch problems.

Do you think above cashless payment method will be useful to you?

Do you think the cashless dream of India will be a reality in days to come?

Do share your views in the comment section below.

Article by Raviraj

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3 Comments

  1. Ruchita says:

    It is only helpful to the people who are literate but what about the people who are illiterate?
    What about the peoples in rural areas? Will it be possible for them to do cashless transactions?

  2. Ketan says:

    Making India cashless is at present only a dream. There crores of people who do not have bank accounts.
    If my wife says, “Bring some Dahi (Curd) for Kadhi. We are falling short.”, if I pay online or using a mobile app, by the time I get the Dahi, the Kadhi would have got spoiled. That’s where cash comes in. I’m almost sure there must be better ways of exposing and eliminating black money than turning cashless. After all, aren’t there cyber crimes taking place too?

    What I do not understand is, why on earth does the government want to go cashless? Leave it to the people. Those who find it convenient will opt for it while others won’t. How is the government going to benefit by making India cashless – specifically by banning notes of 500 and 1000?

  3. Dominic says:

    A good article but sadly it does not discuss the cost involved in using these options

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