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RBI Commenced 1st Test Phase of Regulatory Sandbox retail payments with Two Entities via ‘eRupaya’ & ‘PaySe’

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RBI commences first Test Phase of Regulatory Sandbox retail paymentsOn November 4, 2019, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the opening of the first cohort under the Regulatory Sandbox (RS) with “Retail Payments”, as its theme.  In this regard, Reserve Bank received applications from 32 entities of which six have been selected for the ‘Test Phase’.

  • Therefore as of November 16, 2020, two sandbox entities viz. Natural Support Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd. of Jaipur, Rajasthan and Nucleus Software Exports Ltd. of New Delhi have started the first test phase of their products viz. “eRupaya” and “PaySe” respectively.
  • The commencement of testing was delayed on account of the COVID-19 situation. The remaining four are expected to start the test phase shortly.

About Products:

i.eRupaya: It is a product of Natural Support Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd.It is a set of Near-Field Communication (NFC) based prepaid card and Near-field communication (NFC) enabled Point of Sale (PoS) device to facilitate offline Person-to-Merchant (P2M) transactions and offline digital payments in remote locations.

ii.PaySe: It is a product of Nucleus Software Exports Ltd.It is an offline digital cash product which will help in connecting with rural areas for e-payments. The product proposes to help in digitization of payments in rural areas, starting with Self Help Groups (SHG).

What is a Regulatory sandbox?

It usually refers to live testing of new products or services in a controlled regulatory environment for which regulators may (or may not) permit certain relaxations for the limited purpose of the testing.

  • The objective of the regulatory sandbox is to foster responsible innovation in financial services, promote efficiency and bring benefit to consumers.
  • It also allows the regulator, innovators, financial service providers and customers to conduct field tests regarding benefits and risks of new financial innovations.

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About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, and M Rajeswar Rao)