UPI processes over 7 bn transactions in Oct, report excessive since inception

India’s flagship digital funds platform – Unified Payments Interface (UPI) – processed over 7 billion transactions in October, a report excessive for the platform since its inception, on the again of festive season spending.

According to the most recent knowledge launched by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), in October, UPI processed 7.3 billion transactions, price Rs 12.11 trillion, a report excessive when it comes to worth of transactions. On a year-on-year foundation, quantity of transactions in October was up 73 per cent, whereas the worth of transactions was up 57 per cent.

Volume and worth of UPI transactions have continued to be on an upward trajectory for the final two years, other than minor blips witnessed in some months due to pandemic associated restrictions, mirroring the restoration within the broader financial system and the elevated adoption by shoppers of digital modes of funds for his or her each day transactions.

UPI crossed 1 billion transactions in October 2019, virtually three years after its launch in 2016. But, the subsequent incremental billion got here in beneath a yr, when in October 2020, UPI processed greater than 2 billion transactions. In the subsequent ten months, UPI topped 3 billion transactions a month.

It took solely three months for the fee platform to succeed in 4 billion transactions monthly, from 3 billion. The incremental 1 billion transactions had been achieved in simply 6 months’ time. The journey from 5 billion transactions monthly to six billion was traversed in simply 4 months. In the subsequent three months, transactions topped the 7 billion mark.

According to trade specialists, the pandemic accelerated the adoption of UPI within the nation in a serious means, a lot in order that it has turn out to be probably the most most popular funds platform for a majority of the inhabitants. UPI transactions are up 488 per cent because the pandemic started, knowledge reveals.

In FY23 to this point, the UPI has processed 44.32 billion transactions amounting to Rs 75 trillion. In FY22, UPI processed greater than 46 billion transactions amounting to over Rs 84.17 trillion, thus breaching the $1 trillion mark. The funds platform could be very prone to prime the whole transactions it has processed in FY22 within the first 8 months of FY23.

In FY21, it had processed 22.28 billion transactions, amounting to Rs 41.03 trillion.

The subsequent goal for UPI is to course of a billion transactions a day within the subsequent 3 – 5 years.

In UPI, the share of peer-to-merchants transactions has now overtaken the share of peer-to-peer transactions in quantity phrases, which augurs effectively for the platform going ahead, particularly with the RuPay bank card linkage to UPI, which envisages permitting shoppers to pay retailers utilizing their bank card via the UPI platform. Industry specialists say this can give an enormous increase to UPI transactions as soon as the idea takes off.

There had been considerations amongst critics that maybe the expansion in UPI will get impacted if the RBI introduces costs on UPI transactions, because it had identified within the dialogue paper it had floated on the costs in fee methods. However, all speculations had been put to relaxation by the federal government after it reiterated that UPI is a public good and that it isn’t contemplating levying any costs for UPI companies.