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Paytm Payments Banks get RBI’s final nod

Digital Payment giant Paytm, which is planning to launch its Payments Banks in parts of Uttar Pradesh, has recently received the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) final approval, the company has confirmed.

Paytm Payments Bank Ltd is an entity majority owned by One97 Communication and founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

Paytm, expected to start operations by next month, has already received investments of Rs220 crore from Sharma and One97.

Mentioning about the RBI approval, Sharma from Paytm said in his blog, “Reserve Bank of India gave permission to formally launch Paytm Payments Bank. We can’t wait to bring it in front of you.”

Sharma also stated about soon taking a full-time executive role in the bank.

“At Paytm Payments Bank, our aim is to build a new business model in banking, focussed on bringing financial services to hundreds of millions of unserved or underserved Indians. With power of technology and innovation-at-scale, we aim to become a benchmark in world of banking,” Live Mint quoted him  as stating.

One97 Communications Ltd’s founder Sharma was one of the 11 recipients of RBI’s in-principle payments bank licences. Bharti Airtel became the first payment bank to start operations in November.

Paytm’s digital wallet will now be part of Paytm Payments Bank Ltd in keeping with the directions of RBI.

Paytm Payments Bank is held 51% by Sharma and 49% by One97 Communications Pvt. Ltd. It has a target of 200 million accounts, across current and savings accounts, and mobile wallets, within 12 months of the launch.

It aims to touch half a billion accounts by 2020. Paytm already has close to 150 million electronic wallets.

The bank will sell products such as loans, wealth management and insurance to drive revenues. Payments banks are not allowed to lend themselves, but many are banking on cross-selling banking products through partnerships.

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