Users of mobile wallets in India are expected to encounter problems soon as most of these mobile wallets may become dysfunctional by March, believe payments industry executives, as they are of the opinion that companies will be unable to meet the Reserve Bank of India’s(RBI’s) February end deadline to complete know-your-customer (KYC) verification, says an Economic Times report.
In October 2017, the apex bank had issued guidelines asking prepaid payment instruments (PPIs) or mobile wallets to gather all information required under the KYC norms. Companies to date have been able to validate just a part of their total user base, and are yet to complete biometric or physical authentication of the majority of customers, the report mentioned citing industry executives.
“More than 95 per cent of the mobile wallets in the country could stop being operational by March,” a senior executive with a New Delhi-based payments company told ET. He went on to add that there is no eKYC and the banking regulator has no given any clear-cut guidelines about the alternative KYC procedures that they plan to approve. “The deadline is just a few weeks away and we cannot adhere to (it) with this rate of progress,” the executive from the payment company told the publication.
The report further highlighted that there have been talks about alternative KYC method such as using video-based authentication or XML-based KYC, but none of these procedures has been formally okayed by the central bank……..Read More>>