Mobile commerce platform FreeCharge has partnered with Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC), an NGO focused on providing aid to low-income individuals, to enable E-rickshaw drivers to register themselves as merchants on FreeCharge’s recently launched Chat-n-Pay platform to accept digital payments.
FreeCharge will be setting up training for all these drivers via BMC to help them understand how to use FreeCharge app and accept payments. FreeCharge will also create an exclusive incentive plan for all the E-rickshaw drivers to encourage them to use digital payments to pay for services like mobile recharges, electricity bill payments etc.
Talking about the partnership, Vijay Pandey, Managing Director, Bhartiya Micro Credit said, “the idea is to facilitate the upgradation of pedal rickshaw pullers into E-rickshaw owners and help create threefold increment in their income. Credit for all these facilities is being provided under Mudra Scheme. The progression to E-rickshaw from pedal rickshaw will also help contribute towards achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
The partnership will be announced at the launch of Stand up India scheme in Noida, where BMC will distribute 5,100 E-rickshaws as part of their on-going initiative.
“This partnership will strengthen our goal of creating a less cash society and further give a boost to our endeavour to make digital payments accessible to all in the swiftest and secure manner. Our Chat-n-Pay service has opened opportunities for small merchants from unorganised sectors to accept payments digitally with no investment,” said Govind Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, FreeCharge.