After Airtel, Idea, RIL, Vodafone India applies for payment bank licence

By February 3rd, 2015 AT 4:11 PM

Vodafone-IndiaVodafone India has also applied for payments bank licence with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The company is exploring options for partnerships for the proposed banking venture. The Payment banks would be allowed payments and remittance services through various channels. However, such lenders, cannot issue credit cards or undertake lending activities.

“Vodafone has filed an application with Reserve Banka of India (RBI) for the Payments Bank licence. We are exploring options for partnerships,” said Vodafone spokesperson.“We are keen and remain highly committed to building a Financially Inclusive business model leveraging our Telco strengths and experience in the mobile payments space, fully aligned with the Government and RBI’s vision,” the company said in a statement.

RBI said that it has received 72 applications for small finance banks and 41 applications for payments banks up to the deadline for submission yesterday.
The small finance bank will primarily undertake basic banking activities of acceptance of deposits and lending to unserved and under-served sections.
A few top Indian companies, including Reliance Industries Ltd., Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited, Bharti Airtel and Future Group have applied to the RBI for payments bank licences.

On November 27, 2014, the RBI had issued guidelines for licencing of payments bank, earlier extended the last date for submission of applications to February 2.

Also Read : RIL joins hands with SBI to launch payment bank

“A payments bank can accept deposits, both savings and current, up to a maximum of Rs.10,000 initially, with the stated primary role of extending payments and remittance services to small businesses and low-income households,” as per the RBI rule.
“Some key facilitators for such services can include ATMs, mobile and internet banking, authorised business correspondents and point-of-sale terminal locations, as in retail stores,” it added.

guest
2 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent Posts

Vodafone Idea to Offer Free ZEE5 Premium Subscription Worth Rs 999 With 5 Prepaid Plans

Telecom operator Vodafone Idea or Vi today announced that its subscribers could enjoy ZEE5 Premium subscription worth Rs 999 at...

BSNL 4G Network Should be ‘Made in India’: DoT

Everyone who has followed the telecom industry closely for a few years now wants BSNL to come out with its...

IPL 2020 Starts Today: Get These Prepaid Plans to Watch it for Free

The festival of sports is back to the country today with the arrival of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The...