The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), a bank consortium-owned umbrella organization for retail payments and settlements, is planning to use blockchain technology to boost digital transactions.
The NPCI has said it plans to develop a “resilient, real time and highly scalable” blockchain solution using open-source technology. The organization has already issued an Expression of Interest (EoI), calling for entities to bid to develop a blockchain solution for the payments space.
While the status of public cryptocurrencies in India is currently a gray area, the central bank has indicated it is researching how to introduce a rupee-backed central bank digital currency into its monetary policy in a bid to reduce its hefty annual bill for minting physical cash.
The nation is also enthusiastic about blockchain technology. Last year, the National Institution for Transforming India (called NITI Aayog), a government think-tank, was working on a blockchain solution aimed to combat the country’s roaring counterfeit drugs trade.
Further, India’s Union Cabinet – an executive decision-making body composed of senior government officials and led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – said it would allow the nation’s Export-Import Bank (Exim Bank) to conduct research on blockchain technology in partnership with banks in the BRICS economic bloc.