New Delhi, Jan. 28 -- With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) now saying that it is exploring the need for a digital version of fiat currency, cryptocurrency stakeholders have called the move a step in the right direction towards strengthening the fintech ecosystem in the country.

The RBI made the remarks in a booklet titled "Payment and Settlement Systems in India" released this week.

"Private digital currencies (PDCs) / virtual currencies (VCs) / crypto currencies (CCs) have gained popularity in recent years. In India, the regulators and governments have been sceptical about these currencies and are apprehensive about the associated risks," said the booklet.

"Nevertheless, the RBI is exploring the possibility as to whether there is a ne...