RBI Governor Launches Three Key Digital Payment Initiatives

MUMBAI:
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Shaktikanta Das in the presence of Nandan Nilekani, Chairman Infosys and Advisor to NPCI, and Biswamohan Mahapatra, Chairman NPCI today launched three key initiatives from the dais of the Global Fintech Fest 2022 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra that will take India’s digital payments journey to the next level – RuPay Credit Card on UPI, UPI LITE, and Bharat BillPay Cross-Border Bill Payments.

With the linkage of RuPay Credit Card on UPI, customers will benefit from the increased opportunity to use their credit cards, and merchants will benefit from the increase in consumption by being part of the credit ecosystem with the acceptance of credit cards using assets like QR codes. RuPay Credit Cards will be linked to a Virtual Payment Address (VPA) i.e. UPI ID, thus directly enabling safe, and secure payment transactions. The initial phase of operationalisation will be centred on extracting actionable learnings that would be used to fine-tune the proposition in later phases to scale up the usage. Customers of Punjab National Bank, Union Bank of India, and Indian Bank will be the first to be able to use RuPay Credit Card on UPI with BHIM App.

UPI Lite will provide users with a convenient solution for faster and simpler low-value transactions. At present, India is thriving on low-value UPI payments with 50% of transactions through UPI below ₹200. With UPI Lite enabled on BHIM App, users will be able to make small-value transactions in a near-offline mode. UPI Lite will reduce the debit load on the core banking system, thereby improving the success rate of transactions further, enhancing the user experience, and taking us one step closer to processing a billion transactions a day on the UPI platform. The upper limit of a UPI Lite payment transaction will be ₹200 while the total limit of UPI Lite balance for an on-device wallet will be ₹2,000 at any point in time. Eight banks are live with the feature including Canara Bank, HDFC Bank, Indian Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of India Union Bank of India and Utkarsh Small Finance Bank.

Further, Governor also launched the Bharat BillPay Cross-Border Bill Payments which will make bill payments easier for people residing out of India but also maintaining a house in India. With more than 30 million Indians staying abroad, India is one of the top 5 biggest recipients of inward remittances. Bharat BillPay Cross-Border Bill Payments facility will empower and enable Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to undertake utility, water, and telephone-related bill payments on behalf of their families in India. Federal Bank with UAE’s Lulu Exchange will be the first to go live with Bharat BillPay Cross-Border Bill Payments.

Together, RuPay Credit Card on UPI, UPI LITE, and Bharat BillPay Cross-Border Bill Payments initiatives gives the potential to revolutionize the digital payments ecosystem and extend the reach of digital payments to many new users across India & abroad and aid the journey of onboarding the next 300 Mn users on digital payments.

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