India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has proposed to adopt a “graded approach” to launching the country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC). The RBI also said it is exploring the pros and cons of introducing a digital rupee in India.
“The design of CBDC needs to be in conformity monetary policy, financial stability and efficient operations of currency and payment systems,” the report details, elaborating:
The Reserve Bank proposes to adopt a graded approach to introduction of CBDC, going step by step through stages of proof of concept, pilots and the launch.
In addition, the report reveals that the central bank “has been exploring the pros and cons of [the] introduction of CBDC in India.”
The RBI further detailed that “the appropriate design elements of CBDCs that could be implemented with little, or no disruption are under examination.”
India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the central bank’s plan to launch a digital currency in February while presenting the Union Budget 2022-23.
The RBI report concludes:
An appropriate amendment to the RBI Act, 1934 has been included in the Finance Bill, 2022. The Finance Bill, 2022 has been enacted, providing a legal framework for the launch of CBDC.
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