With UIDAI suggesting it is on path to get this in place in a couple of months, the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), could give debit cards and e-wallets a run for their money. In contrast to what UIDAI is advocating, all other forms of digital payments require merchants to pay a fee or commission for the use of technology.
“The Aadhaar-based system is being used for PDS (public distribution system) in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat. We are also in discussions with Haryana. We are enrolling banks so that they start accepting Aadhaar-based payments. Two banks have already agreed. The process of integrating merchants with banks will be completed in the next few weeks” said Ajay Bhushan Pandey, chief executive officer, UIDAI.