The Government e-Payment Gateway, India

The Government e-Payment Gateway (GePG) is envisaged to provide an accounting payment gateway for the Civil Accounts Organization with the specific objective of leveraging the existing IT capabilities of the Core Banking Systems and application software functionalities of the CGA's organisation towards the development of an integrated payment and accounting system for all levels of usage with seamless interface and data communication. This would result in the elimination of physical cheque processing system and traditional issues associated with it, which would ensure major cost savings for the department by greatly enhancing the overall payment processing efficiency; Online reverse file (payment scroll) giving MIS on unique e-Authorization ID for all e-payment fund transfers; Online auto-reconciliation to facilitate major savings in time and efforts and speed up the compilation of accounting processes; and Ensuring a secure single point data capture of transaction data thereby eliminating duplication of work and data inconsistency.
  • => High Security Standards and System Logs of Transactions.
  • => The PAO's applications would have the following security requirements in place for effecting e-payments
    • 128 Bit PKI encryption.
    • Integrity of information: Hash Algorithm (SHA1): security standards are designed to ensure confidentiality of data, authenticity of data and integrity of data being conveyed on the internet by PAOs to the bank.
    • Non-repudiation – Key generation / Digital Signature based on 128 Bit PKI Infrastructure (as recommended by RBI)
  • => Digitally Signed e-payment Authorisation along with Itemised tracking of each e-payment authorisation and automated reconcilation.

ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS

The Controller General of Accounts is launching a full-fledged electronic delivery of payment services through the Internet. To enable this, an Government e-Payment Gateway is envisaged as a critical infrastructural component to ensure that such transactions occur without any hitches and in total security over electronic networks. This component has multiple benefits, with critical ones being multiple payment options, secure transmission, payment settlements and rapid processing. The e-Payment Gateway will provide an operational component of the e-Governance infrastructure and a full payment facility that will allow secure online payments (e-Payments). The e-Payment Gateway will operate as a critical shared service with the COMPACT application at PAOs and Core Banking Solution of Banks.

The goal of the e-payment gateway is expected to provide a mechanism to handle all Government payments transactions by the Pay and Accounts Offices of the Government of India. The e-payment gateway is a key enabler to the successful delivery of payment services and would increase the adoption of e-services due to its efficiency and ease-of-use. It would provide a single point of access for all Pay and Accounts Offices that serves all Central Government Ministries and Departments for online payment transactions. In addition, all Government payment transactions would be allowed to be searched and collated.

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