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By NewsGram staff writer

Lucknow: In a fresh setback to the beleaguered Sahara India Pariwar, Sahara India Financial Corporation Limited’s license holding has been cancelled by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday.

reserve-bank-of-india-550x524The action has been taken by the department of non-banking supervision of the RBI, in Kanpur.

The move comes in wake of several irregularities and ignoring financial rules and regulations by Sahara, an official further informed.

The notice regarding cancellation of the license to conduct financial business has been sent to the Kapurthala headquarters of Sahara India.

The move is being seen as the ‘final nail’ in the fortunes of the once-fledgling company as the SIFCL was its core wing from which money was collected through small time subscribers and then routed to other wings such as media, real estate and others.

With its chairman Subrata Roy Sahara already in jail for more than a year, the RBI action, many fear, could “break the financial spine” of the organisation.

Under the new order, the Sahara India would be barred from any sort of financial transactions.

The RBI had in 2008 barred the company from taking any deposits from the people under its chit fund operations.

Many depositors had since then complained to the RBI that they were not being paid back their money by Sahara, following which a probe was ordered by the bank.

A report of the investigations was sent to the RBI HQ in Mumbai last month after which the penal action of cancelling the license of SIFCL was taken.

(with inputs from IANS)

 

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PhonePe Restored to Normalcy After Service Outage

PhonePe transactions back to normal after Yes Bank fiasco

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As the Yes Bank fiasco hit UPI-based transactions last week, PhonePe employees had to work for 36 hours due to service outage. IANS

As the Yes Bank fiasco hit UPI-based transactions last week, PhonePe that was solely using Yes Bank’s services worked overnight with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and ICICI bank to ensure all its services were up and running within a day.

PhonePe, with close to 20 crore users, saw an extended service outage, which started immediately after the RBI moratorium on Yes Bank on March 5, lasting for nearly 24 hours. The company worked with the NPCI and ICICI bank, its new UPI partner.

All merchant payment settlements were restored by Friday noon and all consumer wallet, credit and debit card payments were restored by 3 pm, the company said in a statement. All UPI services were restored by Friday night, with PhonePe users continuing to use their UPI @ybl handles.

“Friday was an extraordinarily difficult situation with little precedence. We are grateful to the RBI, NPCI, Yes Bank, and ICICI for working collectively to ensure that millions of our customers and merchants were not inconvenienced a minute longer than necessary,” said Sameer Nigam, Founder and CEO PhonePe.

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PhonePe, with close to 20 crore users, saw an extended service outage, which started immediately after the RBI moratorium on Yes Bank on March 5. Wikimedia Commons

PhonePe employees had to work for 36 hours straight to achieve this. The platform processed transactions of over Rs 4,000 crore in 24 hours and saw its largest ever volume of user traffic in a single day (with over 70 million app sessions).

Several petrol pumps rejected most of the UPI-based transactions over the weekend, including Paytm, PhonePe, and GooglePay.

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Even BharatPe, which deploys QR codes at small merchant outlets, stopped functioning. Millions of users failed to make or receive payments because of curbs imposed on Yes Bank. (IANS)