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Indian finance ministry asks RBI to conduct monthly meetings with fintechs on regulatory issues

Sumit Vishwakarma
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Indian finance ministry asks RBI

Nirmala Sitharaman and RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to organize monthly meetings with fintech companies/startups. 

The initiative aims to address regulatory concerns and foster a more collaborative environment between the financial sector's regulators and innovators, as per multiple media reports. 

The move comes in the wake of recent regulatory actions against Paytm Payments Bank, highlighting the need for clearer communication and understanding between the RBI and fintech firms in the country.

Importance of regulatory compliance 


In a recent comprehensive meeting with fintech leaders and startup stakeholders, Sitharaman emphasized the importance of adhering to regulatory norms while continuing to innovate. The finance minister's call for regular interactions and balance is crucial for maintaining the integrity and stability of India's financial services sector.

Addressing the ecosystem's concerns 

The finance ministry also outlined several action points to support the fintech sector, including simplifying and digitizing Know Your Customer (KYC) processes and addressing cybercrime issues in the upcoming Digital India Act.

Additionally, the Department of Financial Services (DFS) will conduct workshops with law enforcement agencies to address fintech firms' concerns, further demonstrating the government's proactive approach to engaging with the industry.

Fostering growth and compliance

The meeting also highlighted the government's efforts to facilitate the fintech sector's growth, such as the establishment of a regulatory sandbox and a fintech repository.

These efforts, including making it easier to start a company and treating peer-to-peer lending firms as non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), show the government's plan to encourage new ideas but also make sure rules are strictly followed.

The development comes almost four weeks after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) took stringent action against Sharma's Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPLB), which resulted in halting most of its business operations, such as accepting further deposits, conducting credit transactions, and carrying out top-ups on customer accounts, prepaid instruments, wallets, and cards for paying road tolls after the revised deadline of March 15. 

However, Paytm later transferred its nodal account, or an escrow account, to the Indian private sector bank, Axis Bank Ltd. Following this, Paytm announced that its QR, Soundbox, and Card machines would continue to operate even beyond March 15, 2024.

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