RBI to ease norms for online deals of small value –

RBI to ease norms for online deals of small value

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor H R Khan on Friday said the central bank is in the process of formulating some guidelines which will allow customers to do small value transactions without the second factor authentication.

“We have a ‘tap and go’ method wherein the second factor authentication is required. We are working on that and may be in a couple of months we will issue some guidelines for a certain amount of transaction (for which) the second factor authentication is not required,” he told reporters at the launch of SBI’s Tech Learning Centre for customers.

He said there are some issues in removing the second-factor authentication and the RBI is in discussions with banks and Nasscom for the same.

On the payment controversy involving the US-based taxi aggregator Uber, Khan said RBI had reservations over the card details of customers going abroad as the tax-aggregate has been surpassing the second factor authentication while receiving payments.

It can be noted that RBI in August had asked Uber to stop single-factor authentication payments by October end, following which the company had tied up a payment service provider Paytm.

He also said in-store mobile banking, which allows mobile to mobile transfer of money has a huge potential.

Khan said the country is a cash-incentive economy and the objective of the central bank is to move towards a near zero cash society.

“To replace cash we need acceptable products, simple to use and ease of operations. Such products should be available and should be affordable,” he said, adding one of the areas where RBI is focusing now is on mobile banking as the density of mobile banking is not very high.

“Though volume in mobile banking has increased it has not gone that high,” he said.

He said that between 2010 and 2013, there were 26 million mobile transactions which increased to 94 million in 2013-14. Between April and October this year the total mobile transactions stood at 84 million.

In terms of value, mobile transactions stood at Rs 24,000 crore in 2013-14 and in April-October it was Rs 36,400 crore.

If mobile banking is permissive then we can make mobile to mobile payment. In fact, may be State Bank and other banks can take the initiative with in-store mobile banking where one can go to the store and tap with the agents and get the confirmation on the mobile. The other areas is how to bring cards into mobile, said Khan.

For moving towards a less cash society with ATM deployment, Khan said it is adding to more cash society.

“The moment people see an ATM whether they need money or not they will withdraw money,” said Khan.

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