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Samsung Pay update in India lets citizens help against coronavirus

As reported earlier this week, Samsung is fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in India by providing PPE kits, supplying hospitals with equipment, and supporting communities with ready-to-eat meals. Now, the company is giving Indian citizens a more direct way to join the fight against coronavirus through Samsung Pay.

Samsung has updated its online payment platform to allow Galaxy smartphone/tablet users in India to make donations for the PM Cares Fund (Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund) using the nationwide UPI payment service. PM Cares Fund was created on March 28 as a way to gather additional resources to support the fight against coronavirus and similar outbreak/pandemic situations that may occur in the future.

People can donate as little as INR 1, and donations are tax-exempt

To support the cause, all you have to do is open Samsung Pay on your Galaxy device, tap the ‘We’re in it together!’ banner at the top of the screen, enter the amount you want to donate, tap Send, and confirm the process by entering your UPI PIN. The minimum accepted donation is INR 1 ($0.013).

Samsung will hopefully be able to collaborate with governmental bodies from other countries who may create similar initiatives, and allow Samsung Pay users in other regions to donate in support of their communities. We’ll keep you posted.

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