RBI to Allow Non-Bank Operators to Issue CBDC Wallets, Expanding Digital Rupee Accessibility


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announces a strategic move to enable non-bank payment operators to offer wallets for the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), aiming to widen user access and enhance transaction options. Amid ongoing pilots and discussions on cryptocurrency regulations, this initiative marks a significant step in India’s digital currency evolution.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has declared its plans to allow non-bank payment system providers to introduce central bank digital currency (CBDC) wallets, aiming to broaden user access and diversify the options available to consumers. This move, part of a series of developmental and regulatory initiatives highlighted in the RBI’s recent “Statement on Developmental and Regulatory Policies,” marks a significant step in India’s exploration of digital currencies.


Non-bank Entities to Distribute Digital Rupee Wallets

In its statement, the RBI outlined its intention to expand the distribution network for its digital rupee by involving non-bank payment system operators. This strategy is designed to make the CBDC more widely accessible to the public, following ongoing pilot programs in both retail and wholesale markets that have explored additional uses and included more banking participants.

The RBI’s initiative to extend CBDC access through non-bank entities is aimed not only at providing more choices for users but also at testing the digital currency platform’s capacity to manage transactions across various channels. The central bank committed to implementing the necessary system modifications to support this expansion.

India’s journey with the digital rupee commenced with a wholesale segment pilot in November 2022, followed by a retail segment pilot in December of the same year.

The regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies in India remains in a state of flux. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clarified that cryptocurrencies will not be recognized as legal tender, indicating that regulatory measures are still in development. 

During its tenure as G20 host last year, India emphasized the importance of establishing global regulations for crypto assets. Sitharaman anticipates that a regulatory framework will soon be established. Meanwhile, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das has voiced concerns over the potential risks cryptocurrencies pose to the nation’s financial stability, its currency, and the overall monetary system.

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