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Paytm Payments Bank launched, five-member board formed to drive expansion

LiveMint logoLiveMint 23-05-2017 Sayan Chakraborty

Bengaluru: Paytm Payments Bank, which was launched on Tuesday, has finalized a five-member board as it gears up to expand its physical presence to 31 branches and 3,000 customer service points in the first year, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

The board will include P.V. Bhaskar, former executive director at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI); Ash Lilani, co-founder and managing partner at Saama Capital; and G.S. Sundarajan, former director at the Shriram Group, as independent directors.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder and chief executive at Paytm (One97 Communications Ltd) and Renu Satti, chief executive at Paytm Payments Bank will also be on the board.

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“We are honoured to welcome Bhaskar, Sundararajan and Lilani to the Paytm Payments Bank board. We are privileged to have such imminent experts as mentors as we chart our way towards building India’s most trusted and consumer-friendly bank and bring half a billion Indians to the mainstream economy,” Satti said in a statement.

Paytm aims to invest Rs400 crore over the next two years to build its banking network across the country. The first physical branch of Paytm Payments Bank went live in Noida on Tuesday.

“We will first start the services in Delhi NCR followed by the second phase of launch in other top metro cities,” Sharma told Mint earlier this week.

The second phase of the rollout is expected after three months. The company is expecting a customer acquisition cost of Rs125-150 crore over the next 12 months, Mint reported on 23 May.

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Paytm Payments Bank will offer accounts with a zero balance requirement and every online transaction such as immediate payment service, national electronic funds transfer, real-time gross settlement will be offered free of charge. For savings accounts, the company will also offer an interest of 4% per annum, much lower than competitor Airtel Payment Bank’s interest offering of 7.2%.

Paytm Payments Bank will also offer a cashback of Rs250 to its first million customers who reach a deposit of Rs25,000.

The company will issue debit cards with an annual fee of Rs100 in partnership with Rupay.

Paytm Payments Bank has already received investment of about Rs220 crore from One97 Communications Ltd and its founder Sharma in November. Sharma was one of the 11 recipients of RBI’s payments bank licence and has personally invested Rs112 crore of the total investment received.

Paytm will move all active wallet accounts on the Paytm app to the payments bank. It will allow users who do not wish to transfer their accounts to opt out by a written request; for accounts dormant for six months and having zero balance, Paytm will transfer wallets only when the user notifies it to do so.

In November, Bharti Airtel became the first payments bank to start operations followed by India Post Payments Bank.

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