India’s finance minister has told his ministers to adopt the latest version of the SQL standard and allow for date fields to be included in queries.
Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee speaks during a news conference at Parliament House in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020.
The new SQL standard is the result of a meeting held in September of this year and the minister has been keen to make the change.
“We are in the process of developing the new standard,” Mr Mukherji told reporters on Friday.
“The latest version has been developed and will be published soon,” he said.
The Times of Indians article said the new SQL has been published on March 1.
It said that this is the second time that Mr Mukerji has spoken about the move.
The Times article also said that the change had been made on the recommendation of the country’s central bank.
In January, Mr Mukerrji had told his minister, Mr Arun Jaitley, that the standard had to be adopted by April 1.
“It will help us in making the system better,” Mr Jaitsey had told reporters at the time.
“But I have to ensure that the central bank doesn’t come into the system to take decisions on it,” Mr Bharti had said in the same speech.
Mr Mukerjee, however, has said that Mr Jain had informed him that the bank had not yet made the change, adding that he had not seen it.
The news comes a day after the bank said it had agreed to allow the use of a different database format for foreign currencies in transactions.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has also been pushing to include more options in the standard for users of foreign currencies, including a more flexible format for date data.
It has also set up a panel of experts to discuss whether the format should be accepted by banks.