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FM urges RBI to hold monthly meetings to address fintech sector’s concerns

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman, chaired a strategic meeting with leaders from the startup and fintech communities in New Delhi.

The interaction was organised to enable free exchange of ideas to bolster and scale up operations to facilitate global competitiveness by enabling growth in the fintech sector. India has approximately 10,244 fintech entities, which is 3rd largest in the world.

The FM noted the rapid growth of the startup and fintech sector of India, especially in the last decade, and welcomed suggestions from the fintech leaders to achieve greater ease of doing business and ease of living for consumers.

During the deliberations, Sitharaman exhorted the regulators, including RBI, that they may hold meetings via virtual mode once a month to discuss any questions/queries/concerns of the startups and fintech companies.

During the meeting, it was emphasised that innovative solutions by the fintech companies are essential to the financial services sector while ensuring strict compliance with regulations.

It was noted that Aadhar, UPI, API Setu among others have acted as enablers for startup and fintech organisations and simplified incorporation of companies, recognition of P2P lenders as NBFCs, regulatory sandbox, fintech repository, SRO framework for Fintech, and so on, have facilitated the startup eco-system in India.

The following key action points emerged from the deliberations:

  • DFS to conduct a day-long workshop with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) wherein fintech ecosystem partners can voice their issues/concerns.
  • DPIIT mentioned that new patent examiners have been added which will reduce the turn-around-time of patent applications.
  • Cost of lending/funding for critical areas including priority sector should be rationalised.
  • Simplification and digitisation of KYC across all fintech segments.
  • RBI, DPIIT and MoF to look at the change of ownership holding/control of listed fintech companies to enable them to be in-sync with regulatory compliance.
  • Issues pertaining to cybercrime will be suitably addressed in the new Digital India Act.

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