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The RBI on Monday released the framework for facilitating small value digital payments in offline mode.

The Reserve Bank of India on Monday released the framework for facilitating small value digital payments in offline mode, which does not require internet or telecom connectivity. Under the framework, transactions with a limit of Rs 200 per transaction and an overall limit of Rs 2,000 for all transactions have been allowed. In a statement on Monday, the RBI said that balance replenishment could only occur in an online mode. Under this new framework, such payments can be carried out face-to-face (proximity mode) using any channel or instrument like cards, wallets, mobile devices, amongst others. Besides, such transactions would not require an 'Additional Factor of Authentication (AFA).' Furthermore, since the transactions are offline, the customer will receive alerts after a time lag.

person using laptop computer holding card The RBI had permitted a pilot scheme to encourage technological innovations that enable small value digital transactions in offline mode. | Photo by rupixen.com on Unsplash



The Reserve Bank had, in August 2020, permitted a pilot scheme to encourage technological innovations that enable small value digital transactions in offline mode. Subsequently, pilot testing was undertaken by some entities during the period from September 2020 to July 2021. "With encouraging feedback from the pilots, it was announced in the Statement on Developmental and Regulatory policies dated October 8, 2021, that a framework for carrying out small value digital payments in offline mode across the country would be introduced," it said.
Additionally, the RBI said the acquirer should incur all liabilities arising out of technical or transaction security issues at the merchant's end. "Offline payments shall be covered under the provisions of RBI's limited customer liability circulars... The customers shall have recourse to the Reserve Bank - Integrated Ombudsman Scheme, as applicable, for grievance redressal." (IANS/ MBI)


(Keywords: RBI, payments, pilot scheme, offline, customers, digital)


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