Government has asked Tata Consultancy Services, the country’s biggest software services company, to introduce this facility at about 1,000 filling stations
NEW DELHI: Soon, there may be no need for cash, cards or mobile phones while buying petrol or diesel. All that customers would have to do is remember their Aadhaar number.
The government plans to roll out a payment system that will allow customers to pay for fuel by simply pressing their fingers on an Aadhaar-verifying device that would trigger the transfer of money from their bank accounts to the filling station. The government has asked Tata Consultancy Services, the country’s biggest software services company, to introduce this facility at about 1,000 filling stations, to begin with, an oil ministry official said. “TCS says it’s ready to roll out. So we have asked them to start this in the next few days,” the official said.
TCS has developed an application that can be downloaded on to mobile devices used at filling stations, which would be connected to Aadhaar-verifying devices. Once a customer’s identity is validated, the system will debit the billed amount from the Aadhaarlinked bank account and transfer it to the fuel station’s account.