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Paytm Turmoil, Ex-BharatPe Founder Ashneer Grover Takes Aim at RBI and its Elderly Decision-Makers

Paytm Peril, Ashneer Grover Fires Back at RBI, Calling Out Ageing Leadership

10 February 2024

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Kunal Tyagi

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  • Ashneer Grover criticizes RBI's actions against Paytm Payments Bank, labeling them as an "overreach".

  • Grover highlights a perceived bias against fintechs, suggesting that traditional banks are prioritized over innovative startups.

  • The clash between Paytm and RBI underscores broader tensions between innovation and regulation in India's fintech sector, emphasizing the need for a balanced approach to foster sustainable growth.

The recent clash between Paytm Payments Bank (PPBL) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has brought to light deeper issues within India's fintech sector. Ashneer Grover, the founder of BharatPe, a prominent player in this arena, has criticized the RBI's actions, labeling them as an "overreach". In an interview with MirrorNow, Grover highlighted what he perceives as a bias against fintechs, suggesting that the regulator's stance sends a message that traditional banks are deemed more important than their innovative counterparts.


Grover's discontent stems from what he sees as a lack of legislative support for the burgeoning fintech industry in India. Despite the sector's pivotal role in driving economic growth, fostering job creation, and attracting foreign investment, Grover argues that startups face a proverbial glass ceiling, hindered by regulatory constraints and outdated perceptions.


Central to Grover's argument is the recognition of Paytm's pivotal role in shaping India's fintech landscape. He acknowledges Paytm as the trailblazer that laid the groundwork for subsequent ventures like BharatPe. Grover contends that the regulatory scrutiny faced by Paytm reflects broader skepticism within institutions like the RBI towards younger, tech-savvy individuals leading innovative companies.


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The ramifications of the RBI's actions extend beyond Paytm's immediate challenges. Grover raises concerns about the systemic importance attributed to fintechs, particularly in contrast to traditional banks. He questions the severity of the punishment meted out to Paytm, suggesting that it underscores a disregard for the significance of fintechs in driving India's economic growth and financial inclusion efforts.


The Paytm saga underscores broader tensions between innovation and regulation in India's financial sector. Grover's criticisms highlight the need for a nuanced approach that balances regulatory oversight with support for innovation. As India's fintech ecosystem continues to evolve, addressing these challenges will be crucial in fostering a conducive environment for sustainable growth and innovation.


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