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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday (Jan 8) appointed Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani as chairman of a committee to look into the digitisation of payments in India.

Nilekani, who is known as the architect of the Aadhaar, and the former Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) chairman, will be aided by four other members.

The other members of the committee are RBI former deputy governor HR Khan, former managing director of Vijaya Bank Kishore Sansi, former Ministry of Information Technology secretary Aruna Sharma and Sanjay Jain, who is the Chief Innovation Officer at Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).

The committee, which will have 90 days to submit a report, will review the existing status of digitisation of payments in the country, identify the current gaps in the ecosystem and suggest ways to bridge them.

Besides, it will also assess the current levels of digital payments in financial inclusion and chart a roadmap to accelerate digitisation of the economy.

Another area where the committee will have to look into is strengthening the safety and security of digital payments which increase customer confidence while accessing digital financial services.

The Nilekani-led panel will also have to suggest a medium-term strategy for deepening of digital payments.

The development comes after an inter-ministerial committee, headed by former finance secretary Ratan Watal, recommended last year setting up of an independent Payments Regulatory Board (PRB) to regulate the digital payments sector.

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