The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has placed a ban on the services of Paytm Payments Bank, effective January 31, 2024. According to RBI, after February 29, 2024, no new deposits will be accepted in accounts or wallets linked to Paytm Payments Bank. Despite being one of India’s largest payment firms, the reasons behind RBI’s ban on some of its services are causing significant speculation. Let’s delve into the details.
Why the Ban?
The decision to restrict Paytm Payments Bank’s services stems from concerns raised under section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. RBI had instructed Paytm Payments Bank to cease onboarding new customers back in March 2022. An audit report highlighted persistent non-compliance and failure to adhere to regulations. However, RBI has refrained from making specific comments on the matter.
Responding to the ban, Paytm stated its commitment to immediately comply with RBI’s directives. The fintech company assured to take necessary steps to adhere to regulations swiftly. In a statement on Thursday, the company clarified its collaboration with various banks for different payment options and announced plans to accelerate its partnerships with other banks. Consequently, rather than being exclusively tied to Paytm Payments Bank Limited, the company will now work with other banks as well.
The ban could potentially inflict substantial financial losses on Paytm, with speculations suggesting losses exceeding 500 crore rupees. However, there is optimism that critical decisions may be forthcoming in the near future. Additionally, the Paytm brand, under One97 Communications Ltd, witnessed a 20% decline in shares following the announcement.
In conclusion, while the ban on certain services of Paytm Payments Bank has raised eyebrows, it remains to be seen how the company will navigate through these challenges and maintain its standing in the market.