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India explores offline functionality of CBDCs — RBI executive director

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India’s recently launched in-house central bank digital currency (CBDC) — the digital rupee — is now being tested for offline functionality, revealed Ajay Kumar Choudhary, executive director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).The RBI — India’s central bank and regulatory body — launched the wholesale segment pilot for the digital rupee on Nov.

1, 2022, onboarding 50,000 users and 5,000 merchants for real-world testing. As of Feb. 25, around $134 million and 800,000 transactions have been completed via wholesale CBDCs.Building on this progress, Choudhary said the RBI is looking at the CBDC’s offline functionality.

Speaking to CNBC TV18, he stated the RBI is gauging the CBDC’s potential for cross-border transactions and linkage with legacy systems in other countries.

He added:Moreover, speaking on behalf of the RBI, Choudhary said the CBDC would soon become the medium of exchange and needs all features of physical currency, including anonymity.India’s motivation for launching the CBDC was to improve regional financial inclusion and spearhead the digital economy.

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