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RBI bars prepaid wallets and cards from offering credit lines to customers

Non-banks issuing prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) like wallets and prepaid cards cannot offer customers a credit line, RBI said.

What's the news? Non-banks issuing prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) like wallets and prepaid cards cannot offer customers a credit line on these instruments, according to a non-public notification issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on June 20. Why does this matter? This move could severely affect Indian fintech start-ups like Slice, LazyPay, PhonePe, and Paytm, whose businesses involve issuing short-term loans to customers to refill their prepaid cards or wallets. It could also disrupt the burgeoning "buy now pay later" segment. Typically, these start-ups partner with banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) to offer the cards and credit lines. On the other hand, the move could benefit credit card issuers like HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank as they will once again become the default option for customers seeking short-term credit. "We are evaluating this regulation and are committed to being on the right side of regulation in letter and spirit. We are working with our partner bank on this." — Slice founder and CEO Rajan Bajaj told MoneyControl https://twitter.com/deepakshenoy/status/1538956109306003456?s=20&t=q6MeLc85_M1zTpqzkaggGg What prompted RBI to issue this notification? RBI did not explicitly state why it issued this notification, but a recent surge in the number of fintech and neobanks offering credit lines might have nudged RBI to exercise caution. Notably, the notification does not introduce any new rule. According to RBI, the Master Directions on PPls (PPI-MD), which is the set of guidelines governing the issuance of PPIs, state: "PPls shall be permitted to be loaded / reloaded by cash, debit to a bank account,…

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