Digital payments up 30.2% in FY21: According to RBI data

According to RBI data, digital payments grew by 30.19 per cent in the year ended March 2021, demonstrating the country’s adoption and deepening of cashless transactions. The newly created Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) grew to 270.59 at the end of March 2021, up from 207.84 the previous year.

“In recent years, the RBI-DPI index has shown remarkable growth, indicating the fast adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country.”

The Reserve Bank of India had previously announced the creation of a composite Reserve Bank of India – Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) with March 2018 as the basis to measure the amount of payment digitisation in India.

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The RBI-DPI is made up of five major metrics that can be used to track the depth and penetration of digital payments in the country over time.

Payment Enablers (25 percent weight); Payment Infrastructure – Demand-side variables (10 percent); Payment Infrastructure – Supply-side factors (15 percent); Payment Performance (45 percent); and Consumer Centricity (45 percent) (5 per cent).

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The RBI said in January that the index would be issued semi-annually starting in March 2021, with a four-month lag.