Important: UPI payment limit to hospitals, educational institutes raised by RBI

In a major decision, the RBI has raised UPI Payment limit for Hospitals and Educational Institutes by up to 5 lakhs
Now you can make UPI payments of upto Rs 5 lakh in hospitals and educational institutions
Now you can make UPI payments of upto Rs 5 lakh in hospitals and educational institutionsFile

New Delhi: In a significant move, the RBI declared on Friday that it would increase the UPI payment limit for hospitals and educational institutions to Rs 5 lakh from the current Rs 1 lakh. Additionally, the cap for e-mandates for recurring payments has been raised to Rs 1 lakh.

During the announcement of the December bi-monthly monetary policy, Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das stated that the limits for different categories of Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transactions have been periodically reviewed. "It is now proposed to enhance the UPI transaction limit for payment to hospitals and educational institutions from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh per transaction," he said.

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The raised limit will allow individuals to make UPI transactions for higher amounts, especially for expenses related to education and healthcare. Das further said that e-mandates for making payments of a recurring nature have become popular among customers.

Under the e-mandate framework, an additional factor of authentication (AFA) is required for recurring transactions exceeding Rs 15,000 currently.

"It is now proposed to enhance this limit to Rs 1 lakh per transaction for recurring payments of mutual fund subscriptions, insurance premium subscriptions and credit card repayments," the governor said.

Now you can make UPI payments of upto Rs 5 lakh in hospitals and educational institutions
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The measure, he said, will further accelerate the usage of e-mandates.

In another development, the RBI also announced to set up a "Fintech Repository" for a better understanding of developments in the fintech ecosystem and support the sector.

"This will be operationalised by the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub in April 2024 or earlier. FinTechs would be encouraged to provide relevant information voluntarily to this Repository," Das said.

Financial entities like banks and NBFCs in India are increasingly partnering with fintechs.

Das also said that the central bank is working on the establishment of a cloud facility for the financial sector in India.

Banks and financial entities are maintaining an ever-increasing volume of data.

Many of them are utilising cloud facilities for this purpose, he added.

"The Reserve Bank is working on establishing a cloud facility for the financial sector in India for this purpose," he said, adding such a facility would enhance data security, integrity, and privacy.

It will also facilitate better scalability and business continuity.

Das said the cloud facility is intended to be rolled out in a calibrated fashion over the medium term.

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