Regional bills now paid at Unified Public Services Portal
Five subjects of the Russian Federation joined the pilot project
Russia's five regions: Rostov and Sverdlovsk Regions, Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomy, Perm and Primorsky Regions launched a pilot project to test electronic payments for regional and municipal services. From now on, the residents of these RF subjects can receive and pay bills in their personal areas at the Unified Public Services Portal and in the Gosuslugi (Public Services) mobile application. Previously, such functionality was available for federal level services only. The project was initiated by RF Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media. The contractor is Rostelecom, with RTLabs, a lead system integrator, participating in the project.
At the first stage, the pilot involves one public agency from each participating region. Within the framework of the project, state duties, nursery school bills, school club activities, municipal land lease, regional fines and other services can be paid electronically. Information about a new bill delivery will be sent by e-mail and in PUSH notifications. Available payment methods include bank cards, mobile phone accounts and e-wallets.
Information about charges submitted by regional and municipal departments through the ESP.accruals module is stored in the State System of State and Municipal Payments Information (GIS GMP). Payers traditionally receive paper receipts to make payments personally or by mail. Under the pilot project, this process is digitalized on the basis of the ESP.accruals module integration with the State Electronic Postal System (GEPS), a module of the Unified Public Services Portal.
“The solution is beneficial for all the project participants: residents save time and money, timely receive information about charges and pay with no queuing at any convenient time. Operational costs are also reduced,” says German Lopatkin, Minister of Information Technologies and Communication of Rostov Region.
“With the new service, the subjects of the Russian Federation can become a part of the single digital space of the E-Government without additional investments in the IT-infrastructure. For instance, there is no need to establish, operate and develop a proprietary information and payment gateway to accept payments. In the future, all interested public and municipal agencies in the participating regions will be able to join the project,” says Mikhail Bondarenko, Director for E-Goverment at Rostelecom.
According to the Ministry for Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, over 25 million payments were effected at the Unified Public Services Portal in 2017 for the total amount of 30.3 bln rubles. The volume of payments effected by the users of gosuslugi.ru, triples annually starting from 2014.
In 2017, users of the Unified Public Services Portal mostly paid their tax debts, state duties, fines and penalties adjudicated by courts. The charges can be paid using bank cards, e-wallets and mobile phones.