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Gov. asked NPCI to Launch Platform for Electronic Vaccine Vouchers

Published on July 05, 2021
Current Context: The Government has asked the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a platform for electronic vaccine vouchers.
Gov. asked NPCI to Launch Platform for Electronic Vaccine Vouchers
  • These vouchers will be similar to electronic prepaid instruments and will be used only for vaccination.
  • Employers will be allowed to purchase these vouchers in bulk quantities.
  • Vouchers will be sent to the employee’s smartphone or feature phone, after which the employee will share the voucher at the hospital for cashless vaccination.
  • The electronic vaccine vouchers will also enable the private sector to plan when it comes to booking orders with vaccine manufacturers.
  • In this regard, the NPCI is in the process of short-listing banks to issue such vouchers.
  • Further, the banks will offer vouchers as a payments service in partnership with technology service providers.
  • Static Part: 
    • HQ of NPCI: Mumbai
    • MD and CEO of NPCI: Dilip Asbe
    • Founded: December 2008.
    • NPCI was established by RBI and Indian Banks’ Association.

Question: 

Q.1 To which entity has the government asked to launch a platform for electronic vaccine vouchers?
a. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
b. Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
c. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
d. Ministry of Finance

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