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RBI: Offline UPI with NFC Tech



  Mar 26, 2024

RBI Introduces Offline UPI with NFC



A Game Changer for Digital Transactions

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has made a significant announcement that is poised to transform the digital payment landscape in India. In a move aimed at enhancing the user experience in digital transactions, RBI has introduced offline payments via UPI, alongside the introduction of conversational payments and an increase in the payment limit for UPI Lite.

Key Highlights of RBI's Announcement:

Introduction of Conversational Payments on UPI: This innovative feature allows users to engage in conversations with AI-powered systems to initiate and complete payments. It simplifies the payment process, making it more intuitive and user-friendly.

Offline Payments via UPI Using NFC Technology:

The introduction of offline payments through UPI Lite using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is a significant step towards ensuring seamless transactions even in areas with limited or no internet connectivity. This feature aims to ensure that transactions can be initiated offline and completed once internet connectivity is restored.

Enhanced Payment Limit for UPI Lite:

RBI has increased the transaction limit for small-value digital payments in offline mode from ₹200 to ₹500 within an overall limit of ₹2000 per payment instrument. This move is expected to encourage digital transactions for small purchases, further reducing the dependency on cash.

Impact and Benefits:

Increased Accessibility and Reliability: The ability to make offline payments via UPI ensures that digital transactions can be conducted even in regions with inconsistent internet access, broadening the reach of digital payments across the country.

Enhanced User Experience:

The integration of conversational payments through UPI is set to make the process of initiating and authorizing transactions more straightforward and convenient, improving the overall user experience.

Promotion of Cashless Transactions:

By facilitating small-amount payments to be made offline, RBI aims to promote digital transactions for small purchases, aligning with the broader goal of fostering a cashless economy.

The RBI's initiatives to introduce offline and conversational payments via UPI represent a forward-thinking approach to addressing the challenges of digital payment accessibility and convenience. These developments not only promise to enhance the digital payments infrastructure but also contribute to the broader goal of promoting a cashless economy in India.


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