Kotak Mahindra Bank Participates in RBI’s Pilot Launch of Digital Rupee (e₹)



Mumbai,2nd February,2023.

Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (“KMBL”/“Kotak”) today announced that it has implemented the first phaseof the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s Digital Rupee (e₹).KMBL is among the eight banks shortlisted by RBI to implement a pilot project for issuance of Digital Rupee, a legal tender that is similar tobank notes and coins, issued in a digital form by RBI.KMBL today rolled out the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) to a Closed User Group(CUG) of customers, which includes retail consumers and businesses.

Deepak Sharma, President &Chief Digital Officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank said, “Weare delighted to be a part of RBI’sinitialpilot of Digital Rupee.CBDC aligns with the RBI’s vision of developing a digitally powered economy, promoting digital transactions, and reducing dependency on cash. At Kotak, it has been our constant endeavour to offer a wider choice of financial products and worldclassbanking experience to our customers by leveraging our technology infrastructure.Digital Rupee will give a huge fillip to the Government of India’s vision of Digital India andCBDCwill act as achange agent for the financeecosystem in the country.”

KMBL will launch the Digital Rupee pilot in Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad. Limited KMBL customerswill be sent an email/SMS invite to download the Digital Rupee app. The digital rupee wallet operates in a similar fashion as a physical wallet but in a digital form, and will be accessible for download on Android operating system smartphones.

Step by step procedure to be on-boarded on e₹ app:

  1. Customer opens e₹app.
  2. He/she is shown the terms and conditions. Once he/she accepts it, an introduction screen is visible.
  3. After he/she will click on ‘Next’, the SIM binding process begins.
  4. User will beasked to set up an app PIN, enter name and select recoverable wallet type.
  5. He/she is asked to set up a digital wallet pin and then a wallet address is created.
  6. Customer will be asked to link a bank account to the wallet.

The Bank has four Strategic Business Units – Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, and Treasury, which cater to retail and corporate customers across urban and rural India. The premise of Kotak Mahindra Group’s business model is concentrated India, diversified financial services. The bold vision that underscores the Group’s growth is an inclusive one, with a host of products and services designed to address the needs of the unbanked and insufficiently banked. As on 31stDecember, 2022, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd has a national footprint of 1,752 branches and 2,814 ATMs, and branches in GIFT City and DIFC (Dubai).