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RBI issues draft guidelines on payment aggregators | Check details

The draft said non-banks providing PA-P services should have a minimum networth of Rs 15 crore at the time of submitting an application to the RBI for authorisation and a minimum networth of Rs 25 crore by March 31, 2028.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Mumbai Published on: April 17, 2024 10:41 IST
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Aiming to boost the payment ecosystem, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday issued draft guidelines to further strengthen regulations on payment aggregators. 

Central banks's guidelines also cover the physical point-of-sale activities of payment aggregators (PAs).

"Given the growth in digital transactions and the significant role that PAs play in this space, the current directions on PAs are proposed to be updated and cover, inter alia, KYC and due diligence of merchants, operations in Escrow accounts, and intended to strengthen the payment ecosystem," RBI said.

The payments ecosystem in India includes online PAs and PAs, which facilitate face-to-face/proximity payment transactions.

On KYC and due diligence, the draft said the payment aggregators should undertake due diligence of merchants onboarded by them in accordance with Customer Due Diligence (CDD) prescribed in Master Directions on Know Your Customer (MD-KYC), 2016.

"PAs shall ensure that marketplaces onboarded by them do not collect and settle funds for services not offered through their platform," said the draft on which the RBI has invited comments by May 31, 2024.

For face-to-face/proximity payment transactions done using cards, from August 1, 2025, the draft said no entity in the card transaction/payment chain, other than the card issuers and/or card networks, shall store the Card-on-File (CoF) data.

"Any such data stored previously shall be purged," the draft added.

The draft further said non-banks providing PA-P services should have a minimum networth of Rs 15 crore at the time of submitting an application to the RBI for authorisation and a minimum networth of Rs 25 crore by March 31, 2028.

(With PTI inputs)

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