Tokenisation has become one of the preferred methods of card payments in Western countries. Now, it comes to India.
The economy grew at a 7.2% rate, but RBI estimated a growth of 7.4%.

Indian Economy Is World’s Fastest Growing; Again Beats China In Annual Growth At 7.2%

Indian Economy Is World’s Fastest Growing - Debit/Credit Card Frauds Will Be Stopped Using ‘Tokens’
Indian Economy Is World’s Fastest Growing - Debit/Credit Card Frauds Will Be Stopped Using ‘Tokens’
India has reached new levels today in the economy field, and this is something to be very proud of! Indian economy has bagged the title of ‘Fastest Growing Economy’ and this is not the first time – although it is a tad bit lower than what RBI suggested.

RBI estimated growth in the current economy of about 7.4% in the current fiscal year that ends in March (2018-19), but the economy grew at a 7.2% which is also worth appreciation. 6.75% growth was recorded in last year, 2017-18.

Private Consumption and Indian Economy

S .C. Garg, the secretary of economic affairs praised the growth of the Indian economy, saying that it is a very advance GDP growth numbers for 2018-19. He also remarked that India remains the fastest growing major economy globally.

The chief economist at rating agency Crisil D.K. Joshi said that improvement in private consumption and a stable election outcome will play an important role in sustaining the upswing in overall investments. He also said, “Private consumption was a sore spot with its growth slipping a new to 6.4% from 6.6% as farm incomes and rural wage growth remained weak. The real agriculture GDP growth was strong at 3.8% from 4.5% suggesting farmers are realizing less from their produce.”

Reports in Detail

As per reports, the manufacturing sector is estimated to grow by 8.3% in 2018-19, which is more as compared to last year’s 5.7% while farm sector will grow by 3.8% as compared to last year’s 3.4%. Construction field is set to grow at 8.9% compared to last year’s 5.7%. Financial, real estate and insurance segment was at 6.6% and is expected to grow up to 6.8% this year.

As per D.K. Joshi, the service sectors, which contributed to a large part of India’s growth, have been giving poorer results since several quarters in the past, which is a cause of worry.

On the other hand, growth in government final expenditure is estimated to be at 9.2% compared to 10.9% of last year. “Pick-up in investment is largely government spending from outside the budgeted expenditure, likely from PSU’s and state governments. Private investment has to substitute for this investment for the run-up to be sustainable.”

Conclusively, economic growth of China is expected to be slower than usual and India will again be the fastest growing major economy globally.

Debit/Credit Card Frauds Will Be Stopped Using ‘Tokens’; RBI Allows ‘Tokenisation’ Of Card Payments

In a major innovation related to card payments, which includes both debit and credit cards, Reserve Bank of India has allowed ‘Tokenisation’ of card payments.

How will it stop frauds? And how does this work?

Keep reading to find out more!

‘Tokenisation’ of Card Payments: The Need

Generally, consumers save their debit or credit card details with any service provider,  to make payments smooth, and easy. Often, this is a mandatory requirement as well.

For instance, say Paytm, Amazon or Flipkart. Users save their cards details with these service providers for future payments, and the payment is often done with a PIN or password or sometimes just the CVV number.

However, in case any such service provider/website/app gets hacked, then users’ card details can be compromised, and data stolen.

To avoid this scenario, RBI has now allowed ‘Tokenisation’ of card payments, which will avoid such frauds/data theft.

‘Tokenisation’ Of Card Payments: How Does This Work?

‘Tokenisation’ works on the principle of a virtual card, which is also called tokens here.

In this system, instead of saving the actual card details: name, card numbers, expiry date etc, the user will be able to generate a unique ‘token’ or a virtual card for a specific service.

Whenever the consumer is required to make a payment, they can use the token, and an additional authentication PIN to finalize the payment.

Now, this unique token will have three aspects:

  • Card details
  • The token requester (for example Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm) and
  • Identified device (example being your mobile phone or tablet/laptop)
Each such tokens would be unique for a service, and the same token cannot be used elsewhere, which provides better security.

Risks Reduced In Card Payments

Such tokens mask the actual debit/credit card details and help the consumer to protect them. Such unique tokens can be applied to:
  • Contactless transactions (Near Field Communication/Magnetic Secure Transmission based transactions)
  • In-app payments
  • QR code-based payments and more.
Moreover, the end user can also limit the amount of money transacted in every token, specific to that service.

However, the only drawback is that the card issuer and the service provider will be required to appoint a third party to implement this tokenisation system. Having said that, the card issuing company will have the responsibility to ensure safety and security of this whole process.

RBI is expected to issue more guidelines and regulations for this new concept of card payments, which has become quite popular in Western countries.

We will keep you updated, as more details come in.