The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) on Monday said it has completed system integration to enable e-commerce transactions through RuPay cards of public sector banks.
"RuPay card holders of all public sector banks are now e-commerce enabled. Card-holders can now conveniently purchase rail, road and air tickets by logging into the websites of travel companies or buy goods and services from online stores," an NPCI statement said.
Multiple levels of integration with the bank servers are required for enabling transactions like ATM usage, usage at point of sale terminals and e-commerce thorough the cards.
The RuPay cards, launched by the Reserve Bank of India-promoted NPCI, are alternative to foreign cards like Visa and MasterCard, which earn high revenue for facilitating transactions. There are 140 million RuPay cards in use at present.
The state-run lenders are the most active in issuing these indigenous cards.
For using the RuPay card for e-commerce transactions, a one-time user registration will have to be done at the time of the first transaction after which there would be the standard two-factor authentication process.
Over 30,000 online merchants in the country now accept RuPay cards, which includes Flipkart, IRCTC, Jet Airways, Snapdeal, Life Insurance Corp (LIC), Bookmyshow and Homeshop18.