This is the financial management platform started by the office of the Controller General of Accounts, Ministry of Finance with Planning Commission. PFMS Payment enables the government to distribute various scheme benefit directly to the targeted beneficiary. PFMS full form and PFMS meaning are a Public Financial Management System. It works with the core banking system of banks to provide real-time reporting of banking transactions.
The government uses this platform for e-payment of subsidy under Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) to both Aadhar and non-Aadhaar based bank accounts through NPCI.
PFMS Payment Meaning/Full Form
PFMS stands for Public Financial Management System, is the platform designed by the government in association with NPCI to distribute various government scheme’s benefit directly to the beneficiary. By this platform, the government ensures that the benefit is directly received by the actual beneficiary. This platform was designed to bring in efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, and transparency in the government system.
PFMS Payment and DBT work hand in hand to achieve faster transactions which reduce delays in payments and accurate targetting of the beneficiary. This also eliminates the requirement of the middle man in the system as the benefit will directly be transferred to the beneficiary’s account.
All the transactions done through the PFMS generated payment platform will be auto reconciled and authenticated by the government.
Today, India is the biggest country who provides government subsidy from central Govt. to states Govt. and from there to direct beneficiary. Looking at the quantum of the beneficiary, India was in a need of the platform/system through which it can handle the Govt. scheme distribution.
PFMS uses NACH (National Automated Clearing House) platform which is designed by NPCI and is being used by all the banks to transfer funds from one account to another account.
Public Financial Management System (PFMS) initially started as a Plan scheme named CPSMS of the Planning Commission in 2008-09 as a pilot in four States of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, and Mizoram for four Flagship schemes e.g. MGNREGS, NRHM, SSA, and PMGSY.
After the initial phase of establishing a network across Ministries / Departments, it has been decided to undertake National rollout of CPSMS (PFMS) to link the financial networks of Central, State Governments and the agencies of State Governments. The scheme was included in the 12th Plan initiative of Planning Commission and Ministry of Finance.
PFMS Generated Payment
As I mentioned above, the Government uses this platform for distributing various scheme benefits to direct beneficiary. The PFMS Payment module was launched in India in 3 phases. These phases are as below.
|Stages||States/UT with the legislature||Launch Date|
|Stage 1||Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Kerala, |
Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra,
Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh
|Stage 2||Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh,|
Chattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal,
Haryana, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab,
Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana,
Uttarakhand, West Bengal
|Stage 3||Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka,|
Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura
If you want to know the PFMS payment status click on the below link and provide your bank name and account number details of your bank account.
Eligibility for PFMS Scholarship
PFMS scholarship is the government scheme wherein the government is giving a scholarship of a total of 82000 eligible candidates. The benefits will be equally divided between boys and girls as 41000 each for boys and girls.
The scholarship amount will directly be deposited into the candidate’s bank account. I will take you through the eligibility criteria and the process of applying for the scholarship by yourself.
For the PFMS scholarship, you must apply online through the portal. There is no offline form will be accepted at any of the offices.
The eligibility criteria for PFMS scholarship for 2019 is as below.
- The student must have passed 12th class.
- The student should be in the top 20% of the candidates.
- The age of the student should be between 18 and 25 years.
- The annual income of the parents should be less than Rs. 6 Lakhs per annum.
For the year 2019, there are total 82000 scholarship will be given 41000 each for boys and girls. The scholarship will be given for:
- Scholarship to Universities/College Students
- Post-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
- Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC Students
- National Means cum Merit Scholarship
- National Scheme for Incentive for the girl child for secondary education
- Top Class Education Scheme for SC
- Up-gradation of Merit of SC Students
- Post-Matric Scholarship for OBCs
Documents requirement for PFMS Scholarship
- Passport size photo of the student in jpeg, jpg format
- Scanned signature of the student in jpeg format not more than 1 MB in size
- Marksheet copy in PDF format
- Fee receipt in PDF format
PFMS Scholarship Application Process
- Login to the PFMS portal
- For the first time user, they need to register themselves by providing simple details.
- Find the suitable link for PFMS scholarship application form
- Check the eligibility criteria first, if you find yourself eligible then
- fill in all the details in the form
- Upload necessary documents as mentioned above
- Click on the submit button once you have filled in all the details
- It is suggested to take a print out of your application form for the future reference.
PFMS Scholarship FAQs
#1. Can I submit the PFMS scholarship application through offline mode?
Answer: No, you cannot apply for the PFMS scholarship through offline mode. You must get yourself registered through the PFMS portal and apply for the scholarship.
#2. What should I do if forget the PFMS password?
Answer: You can easily reset your password by clicking on the “Forget Password” option available on the right side corner of the login page.
#3. What should I do if my institute is not registered with PFMS?
Answer: In such a case, you need to go to the homepage of the PFMS portal and click on the Register/Track Issues. You are required to fill in the details and select category as scholarship and sub-category as Institute not found. You also need to mention your institute name in the description box.
#4. Is there any prerequisite for uploading documents?
Answer: Yes, there are some prerequisite for documents uploading. The size of the photo and signature must not be bigger than 1 MB. Also, the mark sheet and fee receipt should be in PDF format only.
#5. What to do if the bank details I entered is found invalid?
Answer: If the bank detail is found invalid, an SMS and auto email alert will be sent to the applicant. The applicant needs to log in and change the bank details in order to receive the scholarship amount in the bank account.
#6. What is the last date for applying for PFMS scholarship?
Answer: There is no last date, but you need to apply immediately if you found yourself eligible for the scholarship.
#7. What should I do with the Unique PFMS code?
Answer: This is the unique registration code sent by PFMS to your email ID. Keep this code with you for future reference until you get the scholarship amount in your bank account. This code will be required in case of any dispute or query in your scholarship application.
DBT and PFMS Payment System
Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is the way of distributing government subsidy directly to the beneficiary. DBT was launched by Government of India on 1st January 2013.
Under this program, the government aims to transfer subsidy directly to the beneficiary without need of any middle man. This makes the process much faster and transparent.
In DBT, the benefits will directly be transferred to the citizens living below the poverty line. PFMS payment system is the platform for running DBT schemes and processing money transfer transactions. As we discussed above, the PFMS is being implemented by the office of the Controller General of Accounts. PFMS is used to generate the beneficiary list, approving transactions digitally and processing the payment directly to the beneficiary’s account.
The Modi government has thus put extra weight on the Aadhar card activation for all the citizens in India. The second biggest campaign by Modi government was to open Jan Dhan Account (bank account for all). The idea behind running these two campaigns was to cover each and every citizen of India under the DBT scheme.
The PFMS is the processing platform for DBT for various government schemes. All relevant orders related to the DBT are available on the PFMS website. Below is the screenshot of the payment processed for FY 2019-20 as on 27th July 2019 at 06:30 P.M.
You might have heard about the LPG subsidy and student scholarship available in India. These are the two major schemes running on this PFMS platform right now.
PFMS Payment system is a fantastic step by the government to ensure the benefit will go to the RIGHT people directly and faster. There is great transparency in all the transaction done through this portal. So now we can say that the government subsidies are actually reaching and helping the eligible people. The PFMS transactions figures tell it all that it is now reaching to the right people on time. With this Public Financial Management System, India becomes the first county in the world to distribute government subsidy to this large extent.