RBI Extends Deadline For PPIs To Become Full KYC Complaint
Assorted credit and debit card machines sit at a payment counter at a Hindustan Petroleum Corp. gas station in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

RBI Extends Deadline For PPIs To Become Full KYC Complaint

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The Reserve Bank of India extended the timeline for the conversion of minimum detail Prepaid Payment Instruments to Know Your Customer-compliant PPIs from 18 months to 24 months.

The Payments Council of India which represents the players in the payments and settlement systems has welcomed the move. The PPI industry processed more than four billion transactions in the year ending March 2019.

"It is advised that the timeline for conversion of minimum detail PPIs to KYC compliant PPIs has been extended from 18 months to 24 months," the RBI said in a circular while making amendments to Master Direction on Issuance and Operation of PPIs. The RBI, however, made it clear that there will be no further extension in the timeline.

Mahendra Nerurkar, Co-chair of the PPI committee at PCI and Chief Executive Officer, Amazon pay said with this extension the industry will have a true remote digital solution for KYC for PPIs.

"PPI plays a unique role as it allows cash customers to enter the digital economy through a convenient and trusted payment experience. This instrument cannot be replaced by alternate digital payment methods which are more conducive for digital native citizens," he said.

It is the extension of timeline for PPIs to convert minimum KYC to full KYC norms prescribed by the authorities. The deadline was expiring on Aug. 31.

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