RBI sanction on Paytm Payments Bank due to persistent non-compliance: Deputy Governor

Paytm Payments Bank has been prohibited by the central bank from accepting deposits or top-ups in any customer account, prepaid instruments, wallets, and FASTags, after February 29.

RBI sanction on Paytm Payments Bank due to persistent non-compliance: Deputy Governor

Thursday February 08, 2024,

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) imposed sanctions on Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) for "persistent non-compliance", said Deputy Governor Swaminathan J, during a press meet after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

“This is supervisory action on a regulated entity for persistent non-compliance," said Swaminathan. "Such actions are invariably preceded by months and at times years of bilateral engagement where we not only point out deficiencies but provide more than adequate time to take corrective action.”

PPBL has been prohibited by the central bank from accepting deposits or top-ups in any customer accounts, prepaid instruments, wallets, and FASTags, among other restrictions, after February 29.

The RBI may take further action after this deadline, and customers of PPBL will be unable to replenish their savings accounts or the widely-used digital payment wallet, Bloomberg reported.

On shifting merchants to different banks from PPBL, the deputy governor said, "In terms of what other banks will do is a business decision; they have got to carry out due diligence as per their board approved policies, and I am sure that they will carry out that."

In the same press briefing, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, said, "We give sufficient time to every regulated entity to comply with the regulatory requirements, and some times it may look (like) more than sufficient time."

Commenting on the RBI's role, Das said, "We are a responsible regulator ... If everything had been complied, I am talking about in a general sense, why should we act?"

According to reports, the RBI has declined to grant the concessions requested by Paytm's founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma, during a meeting regarding issues at PPBL.

Sharma had sought an extension beyond February 29, 2024 for migrating accounts to other banks, but the RBI declined to assist PPBL in any way.

Meanwhile, Paytm has issued a statement assuring users and merchant partners that the Paytm app remains fully operational, and its services are unaffected.

"We are accelerating our partnerships with banks to offer uninterrupted services. We assure our merchant partners that Paytm QR, Soundbox, and card machines will continue to work as always. Our dedication to providing seamless payment solutions and promoting financial inclusion across India remains as strong as ever."


Edited by Swetha Kannan

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