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Founder Vijay Sharma assures normal functioning of Paytm Payments Bank despite RBI restrictions

On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a notification announcing the prohibition of Paytm Payments Bank from accepting deposits or top-ups, along with associated services. Following this announcement, Paytm Payments Bank founder, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, assured users through a post on his X (formerly Twitter) account that the app will continue to function as usual.

In his post directed to all Paytm users, Sharma expressed gratitude for their unwavering support. He reassured users that the app is currently operational and will continue to be so beyond February 29. Addressing the RBI’s ban, Sharma acknowledged that challenges have solutions, and Paytm is genuinely committed to serving the nation while ensuring full compliance.

Sharma concluded his message by expressing confidence that India will continue to receive global recognition for payment innovation and inclusion in financial services, with PaytmKaro being a significant champion of these efforts.



Paytm rules out impact of RBI curbs on Payments Bank, says… - Hindustan  Times
Paytm rules out impact of RBI curbs on Payments Bank, says

The RBI’s notification, issued under Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, cited “persistent non-compliance and continued material supervisory concerns in the bank” as the primary reasons for the ban on Paytm Payments Bank. Additionally, RBI prohibited the onboarding of new users by Paytm Bank starting from February 29, 2024, leading to a decline in Paytm’s stock value.

In response to the notification, there were various misconceptions about the extent of the ban. It’s important to clarify that the ban on Paytm Payments Bank primarily affects users currently utilizing Paytm-linked services such as wallets, FASTags, NCMC (National Common Mobility Card) cards, and more. Users, however, will retain the ability to withdraw their funds.

Founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma in 2010, Paytm, an Indian multinational fintech company, has gained recognition for its innovation and user-friendly services. Despite the recent regulatory challenges, the company’s gross merchandise value for the fiscal year 2022-23 was reported to be Rs 13.2 lakh crore.

The RBI’s intervention raises questions about compliance and regulatory oversight in the fintech sector, and the impact on Paytm underscores the challenges faced by companies in navigating the regulatory landscape. As the situation unfolds, users and stakeholders will closely watch how Paytm responds and adapts to the regulatory measures, and the broader implications for the Indian fintech industry.

In conclusion, Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s assurance provides some relief to Paytm users, but the long-term consequences of the RBI’s actions and how Paytm addresses compliance issues will be crucial factors in determining the company’s future trajectory within the fintech sector in India.

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