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RBI Opens Up RTGS, NEFT For Payment System Operators

Eligible for any liquidity facility from the Reserve Bank to facilitate settlement of their transactions in these CPSs

In a major move in the online payments segments, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to allow payment system operators to take direct membership of Centralised Payment Systems (CPS), such as RTGS and NEFT.

Membership in Centralised Payment Systems (CPS) — RTGS and NEFT — for entities other than banks are so far limited to banks, with a few exceptions, such as specialized entities like clearing corporations and select development financial institutions.

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In its statement on developmental and regulatory policies, the RBI noted that over the last few years, the role of non-bank entities in payment space such as prepaid payment instrument (PPI) issuers, card networks, white label ATM (WLA) operators, Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) platforms, has grown in importance and volume, as they have innovated by leveraging technology and offering customized solutions to users.

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“To reinforce this trend and encourage the participation of non-banks across payment systems, it is proposed to enable, in a phased manner, payment system operators, regulated by the Reserve Bank, to take direct membership in CPSs,” it said.

This facility is expected to minimize settlement risk in the financial system and enhance the reach of digital financial services to all user segments. These entities will, however, not be eligible for any liquidity facility from the Reserve Bank to facilitate settlement of their transactions in these CPSs. (IANS/SP)

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