What is Bharat QR?
Bharat QR is an initiative by the Indian government to unify all payments. Merchants are supposed to generate a QR code and display it at the counter. Customers can then scan the QR code using their smartphone to make the payment.
How is it different from other scan-and-pay services like Paytm or mVisa?
E-Wallets like Paytm are closed-loop payment systems. That means both the payer and payee should have a Paytm account for the payment to work. The same applies for mVisa and other similar services too.
Bharat QR is an open-loop payment system. It works across payment services like MasterCard, American Express, Visa, Rupay, and UPI. If you use any of the above to make payments, you can now pay by scanning Bharat QR using your smartphone.
So how do I make a payment using Bharat QR?
You’ll have to download your bank’s mobile app and log into it and click on “Scan using BharatQR”. You can then scan the QR code provided at the merchant’s store using the app and make the payment in one click.
I’m a merchant. How is Bharat QR useful for me?
You can accept payment from your customers using Bharat QR. All you need to do is to generate your QR code and display it near your counter. Customers can scan your QR code and pay from their card/bank.
How do I generate Bharat QR?
You will have to contact your respective banks to generate a Bharat QR code for your business.
Can I generate Bharat QR using BHIM app?
No. BHIM app generates BHIM QR, in which the payment is done via UPI protocol only. Although BHIM can scan latest versions of BharatQR.
What are the benefits of Bharat QR?
There no additional charges. While most other services charge merchants for accepting payments, BharatQR does not.
No maintenance costs. POS Terminals or swiping machines comes with a cost of maintenance. With Bharat QR everything is digital, No more dedicated physical devices!
No more credit/debit cards. No need to carry them everywhere you go. No need to be afraid of losing or breaking the card. Chances of hackers stealing your card details are less because you hardly use them anymore!
Is Bharat QR secure?
Yes, It is much more secure than swiping your card. Swiping your card is prone to skimming and hackers stealing your card details. When you scan and pay using QR code, you don’t have to provide any of your card/bank details to the merchant. It is, therefore, more secure.
Bharat QR is developed by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) in collaboration with payment services like Mastercard, American Express and Visa which means that a lot of thought must have been put in sharpening the security.
I have some credits in my Paytm wallet. Can I use it to pay to a merchant who accepts payments using Bharat QR?
No, You can’t. As said earlier E-wallets like Paytm, FreeCharge etc are closed-loop payment systems. As of the date of this post, you won’t be able to scan Bharat QR and pay from your Paytm wallet. But we can hope that Bharat QR will support e-wallets too in future.
Bharat QR was launched on 20th of February 2017. According to RBI, the Bharat QR Code is the world’s first interoperable payment acceptance solution. We can be pretty sure that BharatQR along with UPI will revolutionalize how Indians make payments.