Trials for an Indian central bank digital currency (CBDC) could begin by December, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das said.
- The central bank is studying matters related to security and the broader impact a CBDC would have on monetary policy, Das told CNBC Thursday.
- “I think by the end of the year, we should be able to – we would be in a position, perhaps – to start our first trials,” he said.
- Das said the RBI is exploring whether a digital rupee would harness blockchain technology or use a centralized ledger.
- RBI Deputy Governor T. Rabi Sankar said in July that a digital rupee would reduce the use of cash and protect citizens from the volatility of cryptocurrency.
- Among major economies, China is leading the way in the development of a CBDC. Its digital yuan, or eCNY, has been undergoing trials in various cities around the country for several months.
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