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Indian Reserve Bank Plans To Launch Retail CBDC Pilot In December

After putting its central bank digital currency (CBDC) through its paces in a wholesale formation, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is now getting ready to try out its “digital rupee” in a pilot programme for retail customers. Within a month(December), the pilot should be ready for launch.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is reportedly in the penultimate stage of planning the launch of the retail digital rupee trial, as reported by the Economic Times of India. The State Bank of India, the Bank of Baroda, the ICICI Bank, the Union Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Yes Bank, and IDFC First Bank are some of the financial institutions that are taking part. According to recent reports, eventually the pilot programme will be expanded to cover all of the commercial banks in the nation.

The CBDC will be evaluated by anything from 10,000 to 50,000 customers of each participating bank in the study. In order to include the new method of payment, the financial institutions will work together with the PayNearby and Bankit platforms. The National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI) will be the entity in charge of the CBDC’s underlying infrastructure . According to the information provided by the anonymous source to Indian journalists:

“The electronic rupee would be kept in a wallet, and the consumer may request different denominations exactly as they would request currency from an automated teller machine.” Banks will initially only provide this service in a limited number of cities.

Downloading the CBDC’s specialised wallets is a must for both clients and merchants in order to use them; however, the RBI intends to eventually completely integrate them with other digital banking systems in the future. According to reports, the digital rupee would not be designed to serve as a substitute for the existing payment system but rather as a complement to it.

The pilot programme for the digital rupee’s wholesale market was initiated by the RBI on November 1st. The settlement of secondary market transactions in government securities has been the primary use for this technology so far. At the time that this article is being written, there is no information available on the successful completion of the wholesale pilot.

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Jeewan Singh is CryptoShrypto’s content writer and a seasoned writer with over two years of experience in writing about Indian Securities Market. Jeewan's participation in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency started in late 2020, and he hasn't looked back since. The technical and economic outcomes of cryptocurrency are what spark his curiosity, and he keeps one eye on the market.


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