The Reserve Bank on 03 April 2018 said Jio Payments Bank has commences its banking services from 03 April 2018. Reliance Industries Ltd was one of the 11 applicants which were issued in-principle approval for setting up a payments bank in August 2015.
Jio Payments Bank Limited has commenced operations as a payments bank with effect from April 3, 2018, Telecom major Bharti Airtel was the first to begin payment bank services in November 2016. Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma promoted Paytm Payments Bank began operations from May 2017 last year while FINO Payments Bank Limited kicked-off in in June last year.
Birla group’s Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank was the latest in this space whose operations were started from February 22 this year. While, the Department of Posts, which also got a license for a payment bank is yet to start its services formally, who is running services on pilot basis currently.
Payments banks are being promoted by the Reserve Bank to further financial inclusion by giving services such as small savings accounts, payment or remittance services to migrant labour workforce, low income households, small businesses and unorganised sector entities as well as other users.