Digital payments RBI index jumps up sharply 30% during the pandemic

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The Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions associated with it have pushed up digital transactions in the country.

An indicator of faster adoption of online payment mediums is the Reserve Bank of India’s Digital Payment Index. After moving at a moderate pace over the years, the index has jumped sharply 30 percent between March 2020 and March 2021.

The pandemic is one of the reasons while people are increasingly preferring digital payment mechanisms over physical mode. But the improvement in the digital payment infrastructure has also pushed up this adoption.

The RBI had earlier announced the construction of a composite Reserve Bank of India – Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) with March 2018 as a base to capture the extent of digitization of payments across the country.

The index for March 2021 stands at 270.59 as against 207.84 for March 2020, announced while launching the index on January 1, 2021.

The RBI-DPI index has demonstrated significant growth in index representing the rapid adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country in recent years, the apex bank said in a statement.

Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021.

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