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UPI sets new record in May with 14 billion transactions worth over Rs 20 trillion


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Unified Payments Interface (UPI) has set another record as it processed more than 14 billion transactions worth Rs 20.45 lakh crore or Rs 20.45 trillion in May, according to data issued by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). UPI saw a 5% jump in volume and a 4% surge in value of transactions in May compared to April. This is a new high in terms of volume and value for UPI which began its operations in April 2016. Last month, the volume of transactions declined by 1% to 13.3 billion from 13.44 billion in March. The total transaction value in the same period also fell 0.7% to Rs 19.64 trillion from Rs 19.78 trillion. The transaction count is expected to rise in the coming months as NPCI is expanding UPI services to more countries. Besides India, it is also available in countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, UAE, France, Nepal, UK, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka. Going forward, the Reserve Bank of India along with NPCI have plans to take UPI to 20 countries by FY29. In its annual report, RBI also said that nearly four out of five digital payments in the country were conducted on the UPI in FY24. As of April, PhonePe had 48.87% market share in the UPI ecosystem. This was followed by Google Pay and Paytm which controlled 37.5% and 8.3% market share in UPI respectively. Value wise, PhonePe had close to 51% market share followed by Google Pay and Paytm with 35% and 5% share respectively. The break up data for May is yet to be released by NPCI. NPCI is reportedly considering reviewing its decision to implement a 30% cap on the market share of UPI apps by the end of 2024. Meanwhile, industry stalwarts Adani Group and Mukesh Ambani-backed Reliance Group are also gearing up to enter the UPI and digital bank ecosystem. As per media reports, Adani Group is considering seeking for a license to operate on the UPI while Jio Financial announced a new app called JioFinance.

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