RBI Introduces Auto Refill for UPI Lite Wallets

Introduction of Auto-Replenishment for UPI Lite

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced a significant enhancement to the UPI Lite platform by introducing an auto-replenishment feature. This new functionality, revealed by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das during the monetary policy press meet on June 7, aims to streamline digital payments for users by enabling automatic refills of UPI Lite wallets once they reach a predetermined threshold set by the customer.

Seamless User Experience

Currently, the UPI Lite facility allows customers to load their wallets up to ₹2,000 and make payments up to ₹500 per transaction. The introduction of the auto-replenishment feature is expected to enhance the user experience significantly. Governor Das highlighted that this update is based on feedback from various stakeholders and aims to ensure that customers can use UPI Lite seamlessly without the need for manual wallet top-ups.

Operational Details

The auto-replenishment of UPI Lite wallets will be facilitated under the RBI's e-mandate framework. Once the balance in a customer's UPI Lite wallet falls below the threshold amount set by the user, the wallet will be automatically refilled. This process will not require additional authentication or pre-debit notifications, as the funds remain within the customer's control, moving directly from their account to the wallet.

Policy Implementation

Guidelines regarding the implementation of this auto-replenishment feature will be issued shortly, according to Governor Das. This move is part of RBI's broader strategy to enhance digital payment infrastructures and ensure that financial transactions become more convenient for the end users.

RBI's Monetary Policy Decisions

In addition to the UPI Lite update, the RBI's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) made several key decisions. The committee decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6.5 percent by a 4:2 majority. This decision is in line with the central bank's stance of 'withdrawal of accommodation'. Other rates such as the Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) were maintained at 6.25 percent and 6.75 percent, respectively.

Economic Forecasts and Inflation Projections

The RBI has revised its GDP growth forecast for the fiscal year 2024-25 to 7.2 percent, up from the previous projection of 7 percent. This optimistic outlook follows an impressive GDP growth of 8.2 percent in FY24, surpassing analysts' expectations.

On the inflation front, the RBI has maintained its projection at 4.5 percent for the fiscal year 2024-25. The quarterly breakdown of this projection includes 4.9 percent for Q1, 3.8 percent for Q2, 4.6 percent for Q3, and 4.5 percent for Q4. Governor Das indicated that inflation risks are currently balanced.


The introduction of auto-replenishment for UPI Lite wallets marks a significant step forward in RBI’s efforts to enhance digital payment systems in India. This initiative, along with the MPC's recent decisions on interest rates and economic forecasts, reflects the central bank's commitment to fostering a stable and growth-oriented economic environment. The forthcoming guidelines on this new feature will provide further clarity on its operational aspects, ensuring a smooth transition for users and stakeholders alike.