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RBI announces the launch of its first retail digital rupee pilot program

The Reserve Bank of India has declared that the first retail digital Rupee pilot will go live on December 1, 2022. The news followed RBI’s October 31, 2022 press release.

On October 31, 2022, the Reserve Bank of India issued an official press release regarding their plans to introduce the digital Rupee. In accordance with that, the institution has now formally launched its first retail digital Rupee in the form of a pilot project. This will, however, occur on December 1, 2022. In order to effectively carry out the process, eight banks have been duly shortlisted for the proper phasing out of the pilot project.

This pilot program will involve eight financial institutions, which will join in at different phases. This pilot program will involve eight financial institutions, which will join in at different phases. Beginning with four locations in four different cities, the initial phase will involve four banks initially, like State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, and others.

As per their plans, this activity will be spread across the length and breadth of the country, with a different set of banks becoming active in every identified territory. In the near future, depending on the status and initial feedback from all over the concerned areas, plans will be put in place to slowly but surely spread the wings to cover more and more areas, along with more banks entering the fray. Out of all of this exercise, the actual test will be to observe every aspect that is involved in the creation of the digital rupee, as well as the formation of an effective and operable distribution system.

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