Vodafone India, one of India's leading telecommunications service providers along with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL), the state power distribution utility of Government of Uttar Pradesh has announced a facility wherein electricity consumers in UP East circle, will be offered cashless, secure and easy electricity bill payments using Vodafone M-Pesa mobile app. Customers of UPPCL spread across 73 towns in UP-East will be able to pay their electricity bills through Vodafone M-Pesa anytime, from anywhere.
Vodafone M-Pesa is an innovative digital wallet service from Vodafone that offers money transfer, bills and utility payments, merchant payments and business solutions with a network of 20,000 agents spread across various towns and villages in UP East, enabling instant transfer and receipt of money anytime.
This service can be availed by all Vodafone as well as Non- Vodafone customers of UPPCL by registering themselves for Vodafone M-Pesa. Vodafone M-Pesa customers can pay their UPPCL electricity bill through their mobile phones by downloading the Vodafone M-Pesa app or from USSD by dialing *400#, or visiting M-pesa portal (www.mpesa.in). Customers paying their bills through UPPCL website can also select M-Pesa as a payment option. By availing Vodafone M-Pesa to pay their electricity bills, customers can save 5 percent of the bill amount or a maximum of Rs 50 on their electricity bill for a period of 6 months, the company said.
Nipun Sharma, Business Head -UP East, Vodafone India said, "Vodafone M-Pesa is delighted to offer a facility that will significantly simplify the process of monthly electricity bill payments for UPPCL customers. This partnership will assist in financial inclusion by extending the convenience of cashless bill payment to unbanked sections. No more standing in queues or spending precious time on electricity bill payments from now."
With a pan India distribution network of over 1, 20,000 agents and with more than 4.5 million customers, Vodafone claims M-Pesa to be one of the largest banking business correspondents in the country. Sanjay Kumar Singh, Director Commercial UPPCL, said "We are happy to announce this association with Vodafone M- Pesa. We value our consumers and strive to give them a user friendly service experience. We believe this partnership with Vodafone M-Pesa will significantly make life simpler for our consumers by offering them the convenience of bill payments on their fingertips."