“Under the e-mandate framework, an additional factor of authentication (AFA) is required for recurring transactions exceeding Rs 15,000 currently. It is now proposed to enhance this limit to Rs 1 lakh per transaction for recurring payments of mutual fund subscriptions, insurance premium subscriptions and credit card repayments,” Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said
The RBI working on establishing a cloud facility for the financial sector in India and such a facility would enhance data security, integrity, and privacy
In a major decision, the RBI on Friday announced to raise the UPI payment limit to hospitals and educational institutions to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 1 lakh presently and hiked the cap for e-mandates for recurring payments to Rs 1 lakh.
Unveiling the December bi-monthly monetary policy, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das said the limit for various categories of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions has been reviewed from time to time.
“It is now proposed to enhance the UPI transaction limit for payment to hospitals and educational institutions from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per transaction,” he said.
The enhanced limit will help consumers make UPI payments of higher amounts for education and healthcare purposes.
He further said that e-mandates for making payments of a recurring nature have become popular among customers.
Under the e-mandate framework, an additional factor of authentication (AFA) is required for recurring transactions exceeding Rs 15,000 currently.
“It is now proposed to enhance this limit to Rs 1 lakh per transaction for recurring payments of mutual fund subscriptions, insurance premium subscriptions and credit card repayments,” the governor said.
The measure, he said, will further accelerate the usage of e-mandates.
In another development, the RBI also announced to set up a “Fintech Repository” for a better understanding of developments in the fintech ecosystem and support the sector.
“This will be operationalised by the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub in April 2024 or earlier.
FinTechs would be encouraged to provide relevant information voluntarily to this Repository,” Das said.
Financial entities like banks and NBFCs in India are increasingly partnering with fintechs.
Das also said that the central bank is working on the establishment of a cloud facility for the financial sector in India.
Banks and financial entities are maintaining an ever-increasing volume of data.
Many of them are utilising cloud facilities for this purpose, he added.
“The Reserve Bank is working on establishing a cloud facility for the financial sector in India for this purpose,” he said, adding such a facility would enhance data security, integrity, and privacy.
It will also facilitate better scalability and business continuity.
Das said the cloud facility is intended to be rolled out in a calibrated fashion over the medium term.
Sanjay Gupta, Partner, Consulting, Deloitte India.said “Today’s announcement by the RBI will significantly boost cloud adoption within banks and financial institutions in India. This move not only provides the industry with clear regulatory guidelines on cloud usage but also addresses their primary concern regarding data security.”
While banks and financial institutions acknowledge the benefits of cloud technology in their digital transformation journey, concerns related to cybersecurity, data localization, and cost transparency have been primary inhibitors. The RBI’s cloud initiative is expected to address these issues comprehensively. With this announcement, it is anticipated that banks and financial institutions will now prioritize the development of a cloud operating model within their IT setup, he said.