New Delhi, Dec 5: The finance ministry today asked all government departments to make electronic payments to suppliers, contractors or institutions if the order value exceeds Rs 5,000.
To attain the goal of complete digitisation of government payments, the ministry has lowered the threshold for making such payments from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5,000, it said in a statement.
"All the ministries and departments of the Government of India have been now directed by the Ministry of Finance to ensure with immediate effect that all payments above Rs 5,000 to suppliers, contractors, grantee and loanee institutions etc are made by issue of payment advises only," an official statement said.
Following the announcement of demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes on November 8, the government has been taking a slew of measures to promote digital transactions.
While the finance ministry has instructed PSU and private banks to waive the transaction cost for all payments made through debit cards, the road transport ministry has asked vehicle manufacturers to provide a digital tag on all new cars for e-payments at toll plazas and checkposts.
Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das had last month said all government offices have been asked to use only digital payment method for making payments to stakeholders, contractors and employees.
"Government organisations, PSUs and other government authorities have been advised to use only digital payment methods such as Internet banking, unified payment interface, cards and Aadhaar-enabled payment systems to make payment to all stakeholders and their employees," he added.