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Govt keen to support fintech growth, strengthen UPI: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday said that the government was committed to fostering growth of digital payments in the country, which was evident from its commitment towards the growth of the UPI platform. Sitharaman who was speaking at the Global Fest also said that India is among the fastest adopters of Fintech.

The Global FinTech Fest, has been organised by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), along with its sister organisations Fintech Convergence Council (FCC), Payments Council of India (PCI), and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

“The Indian government and the Prime Minister’s interest in pushing digital payments is showing results, both from the user and the government there is energetic participation in growing digital,” the finance minister said.

According to the minister the FinTech adoption in India is 87% as compared to global average of 64%.

“India is the prime destination for digital payments, we are very happy to further support and strengthen UPI,” Sitharaman said. “Every section of the Indian population are benefiting with the adoption of technology.”

The minister added that while in 2019 India processed payments worth Rs 2 lakh crore which doubled to Rs 4 lakh crore in 2020.

In 2021, from January to August India processed Rs 6 lakh crore worth of transactions across 355 individual transactions.

“Digitisation has enabled the government to put money directly into account of the direct benefit transfer beneficiaries, that money has come as a big relief in the lockdown,” she said. “The payment systems have become matured and well-layered and has adopted to several schemes that the government wanted to undertake.”

FM stressed on data privacy and said that safeguard of client data was the backbone of bringing trust in digital payments.

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