NEW DELHI: The World Bank has lauded India’s progress under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership ahead of the G20 Summit being held in New Delhi.
A document prepared by the World Bank for G20, has highlighted the pivotal role of DPIs (Digital Public Infrastructure) in India over the past decade under Modi government.
The document, ‘The G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion’, states how DPIs had a transformative impact on India, extending far beyond inclusive finance.
It also mentions underlines the groundbreaking measures taken by Modi government and the regulation in shaping the Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) landscape.
Lauding India’s DPI approach, the World Bank document notes that India has achieved in just 6 years what would have taken about five decades.
JAM Trinity has propelled financial inclusion rate from 25% in 2008 to over 80% of adults in last 6 years, a journey shortened by up to 47 years thanks to DPIs.
The document categorically notes, “While DPIs’ role in this leapfrogging is undoubtable, other ecosystem variables and policies that build on the availability of DPIs were critical. These included interventions to create a more enabling legal and regulatory framework, national policies to expand account ownership, and leveraging
for identity verification.”
Since its launch, the number of PMJDY accounts opened tripled from 147.2 million in March 2015 to 462 million by June 2022; women own 56 percent of these accounts, more than 260 million.
The Jan Dhan Plus program encourages low-income women to save, resulting in over 12 million women customers (as of April 2023) and a 50% increase in average balances in just five months, as against the entire portfolio in the same time period. It is estimated that by engaging 100 million low-income women in savings activities, public sector banks in India can attract approximately Rs 25,000 crore ($3.1 billion) in deposits.
Government to Person (G2P) Payments
The document states that in the last decade, India has built one of the world’s largest digital G2P architectures leveraging DPI.
This approach has supported transfers amounting to about $361 billion directly to beneficiaries from 53 central government ministries through 312 key schemes.
As of March 2022, this had resulted in a total savings of $33 billion, equivalent to nearly 1.14 percent of GDP.
More than 9.41 billion transactions valuing about Rs 14.89 trillion were transacted in May 2023 alone.
For the fiscal year 2022–23, the total value of UPI transaction was nearly 50 percent of India’s nominal GDP.
DPIs’ Potential added value for the private sector:
The DPI in India has also enhanced efficiency for private organizations through reductions in the complexity, the cost and the time taken for business operations in India.
Even some NBFCs have been enabled 8% higher conversion rate in SME lending, a 65% savings in depreciation costs and 66% reduction in costs related to fraud detection.
According to industry estimates, banks’ costs of onboarding customers in India decreased from $23 to $0.1 with the use of DPI.
Lower cost of compliance for banks for KYC
India Stack has digitized and simplified KYC procedures, lowering costs; banks that use e-KYC lowered their cost of compliance from $0.12 to $0.06.
The decrease in costs made lower-income clients more attractive to service and generated profits to develop new products.
The UPI-PayNow interlinking between India and Singapore, operationalized in February 2023, aligns with G20’s financial inclusion priorities and facilitates faster, cheaper, and more transparent cross-border payments.
Account Aggregator (AA) framework
India’s Account Aggregator (AA) Framework aims to strengthen India’s data infrastructure, enabling consumers and enterprises to share their data only with their consent through an electronic consent framework.
The framework is regulated by RBI.
Total of 1.13 billion cumulative accounts are enabled for data sharing, with 13.46 million cumulative number of consents raised in June 2023.
Data Empowerment and Protection Architecture (DEPA)
India’s DEPA grants individuals’ control over their data, enabling them to share it across providers. This promotes tailored product and service access without requiring new entrants to invest heavily in pre-existing client relationships, fostering innovation and competition.