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Digital rupee set to hit street tomorrow

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said it will launch the first pilot for retail digital rupee (e?-R) on Thursday, in which four banks including SBI and ICICI Bank will initially participate.

On November 1, the RBI had launched the first pilot in the digital rupee – wholesale segment. Announcing the operationalisation of Central Bank Digital Currency – Retail (e?-R) Pilot, the RBI said the pilot would cover select locations in closed user group (CUG) comprising participating customers and merchants.

“The e?-R would be in the form of a digital token that represents legal tender. It would be issued in the same denominations that paper currency and coins are currently issued,” it said.

It would be distributed through banks and users will be able to transact with e?-R through a digital wallet offered by the participating banks and stored on mobile phones/devices. 

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