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Payments Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) created by RBI

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  • June 9, 2020
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Payments Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) created by RBI

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Economy, E-commerce

In News:

  • The RBI has announced the creation of a Payments Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) with an initial contribution of ₹250 crore.
  • It is created to encourage the adoption of Points of Sale (PoS) machines by businesses in tier-3 to Tier-6 centres and Northeastern States. 
  • The POS machines allow businesses to accept e-payments, thereby reducing the need to deal in cash.

Key takeaways 

  • The PIDF will be governed through an Advisory Council
  • It will be managed and administered by RBI.
  • RBI will make an initial contribution of ₹250 crore which will cover half of the fund. 
  • The remaining contribution will be from card-issuing banks and card networks operating in the country.
  • RBI will also contribute to yearly shortfalls, if necessary.
  • It is being set up according to the recommendations of the report of the committee on deepening of digital payments, chaired by Nandan Nilekani.
  • Most of the POS terminals in the country are concentrated in tier-1 and tier-2 cities and towns only.
  • Other regions have been left out. Thus, there was need to create such a kind of fund for such cities.

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