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RBI Seeking to increase e-rupee transactions to 10 lakh per day 

RBI Deputy Governor T Rabi Sankar said the RBI is aiming to increase the number of Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to 10 lahks per day by the end of 2023. At present, the number of CBDC or e-rupee transactions stands at about 5,000 to 10,000 a day.

The CBDC interoperability with UPI systems announced in the June 2023 monetary policy review will be a reality by the end of this month, but underlined the need for more banks to join the CBDC ecosystem said by Rabi Sankar.

In November last year, the RBI introduced a wholesale CBDC pilot and followed it up with a retail pilot in December. At present, the number of banks in the pilot has gone up to 13 from eight banks initially.

Sankar said at present, there are 13 lakh users of the CBDC, including 3 lakh merchants. He said getting 10 lakh transactions a day is not a difficult task for the system, pointing to 31 crore transactions on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) at present.

Till now, the efforts have been focused on getting as many users to the CBDC, adding that the same will now have to be replicated in upping the number of transactions. There were only 1 lakh users till April-end this year, which has now been increased to 13 lakhs, said by Rabi Sankar.

RBI is in touch with the government on this aspect, the regulatory efforts have been focused on increasing the users and transactions till now.and also making the right choices of technology.

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