Mobile prepaid recharges permitted in BBPS as addition of biller

Reported by: |Updated: June 20, 2021

Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) had started as an interoperable platform for repetitive bill payments, which covered bills of five categories viz. Direct to Home (DTH), Electricity, Gas, Telecom and Water. The system provided standardised bill payment experience, centralised customer grievance redressal mechanism, prescribed customer convenience fee and ensured availability of a bouquet of anytime, anywhere digital payment options. The scope and coverage of BBPS was expanded vide circular dated September 16, 2019 to include all categories of billers which raise recurring bills (except mobile prepaid recharges) as eligible participants, on a voluntary basis. With consistent growth in different biller categories and to facilitate mobile prepaid customers with more options to recharge, it has been decided now by RBI to permit ‘mobile prepaid recharges’ as a biller category in BBPS, on a voluntary basis. This will be implemented on or before August 31, 2021.