RBI extends Time for Submitting Applications for White Label ATMs

The Reserve Bank of India has extended the date for submission of application for deployment of White Label ATMs up to January 15, 2013. The timeline, however, has been extended only for those entities that satisfy all the other criteria stipulated in the Reserve Bank guidelines dated June 20, 2012, but are waiting for capital infusion from their overseas principals and FIPB permission.

The applications would be processed subject to fulfilling the net worth norms and/or obtaining FIPB approval latest by June 30, 2013.

In June 2012, RBI has permitted non-bank entities incorporated in India under the Companies Act 1956, to set up, own and operate ATMs in India. Non-bank entities that intend setting up, owning and operating ATMs, would be christened "White Label ATM Operators" (WLAO) and such ATMs would be called "White Label ATMs" (WLAs). They will provide the banking services to the customers of banks in India, based on the cards (debit/credit/prepaid) issued by banks. The WLAO's role would be confined to acquisition of transactions of all banks' customers and hence they would need to establish technical connectivity with the existing authorised shared ATM Network Operators / Card Payment Network Operators.

Non-bank entities would be permitted to set up WLAs in India, after obtaining authorisation from RBI under the Payment and Settlement Systems (PSS) Act 2007. Such non-bank entities should have a minimum net worth of Rs 100 crore as per the latest financial year’s audited balance sheet, which is to be maintained at all times.


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