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National Payments Corporation of India

Context:

Recently, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) unveiled several new products with an aim to create an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable digital payments ecosystem.

Relevance:

GS III: Indian Economy

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. New Product Offerings in Digital Payments
  2. National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)

New Product Offerings in Digital Payments:

  • Credit Line via UPI:
    • Allows pre-sanctioned credit lines from banks through UPI.
  • UPI LITE X:
    • Facilitates offline payments.
    • UPI Tap & Pay enhances QR Code and NFC technology for digital payments.
    • Offers the option to tap NFC-enabled QR codes for payment at merchant locations.
  • Hello UPI:
    • Introduces Conversational Payments on UPI.
    • Enables voice-enabled UPI payments through UPI Apps, telecom calls, and IoT devices in Hindi and English.
    • Future plans include availability in various regional languages.
  • BillPay Connect:
    • Supports Conversational Bill Payments nationwide through a Bharat BillPay-provided nationalized number.

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI):

  • Purpose:
    • Acts as an umbrella organization for managing retail payments and settlement systems in India.
  • Initiative:
    • Established as a joint initiative of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.
  • Legal Status:
    • Registered as a “Not for Profit” Company under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 (now Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013).
  • Promoters:
    • Promoted by ten major banks, including the State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Citibank, Bank of Baroda, and HSBC.
  • Regulatory Board:
    • Headquartered in Mumbai, it is governed by a regulatory board consisting of nominees from the RBI and ten core promoter banks.

-Source: Indian Express


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