Multiple Fintechs Impacted with RBI’s Order Against SBM India


Several Indian fintechs endure being impacted by the Reserve Bank of India’s order earlier this week asking the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) India to break all transactions under the liberalized remittance scheme (LRS) until more orders.

Big names in the fintech planetary bearing the direct impact of the RBI move include neo-banking fintechs Niyo and Zolve, which was ongoing by former TaxiForSure co-founder Raghunandan G, US-stock investment podiums such as IndMoney and Vested Finance, multiple industry leaders, people occupied with this fintech told ET on condition of anonymity.

While Niyo has temporarily stopped international transactions for its forex card in association with SBM India, Vested besides IndMoney had to change user transaction flows to help load US brokerage firm accounts.

People aware of the expansion said at least seven or eight fintech have been impacted by RBI’s move to stop LRS business on SBM India, along with several offline players that had active businesses with the bank.

SBM India has been known in the business for its fintech-first growth model and has marquee partnerships with at least 35 financial skill companies in the country.

It also works with the adores of BookMyForex, Instarem, and HopRemit for transmittals in India.

The LRS scheme, which was familiarized by the banking regulator in 2004, allows individuals in India to freely remit up to $250,000 per financial year for permissible transactions.

“In our empathetic, fintech which has a deep relationship based on an account opening arrangement with the bank mainly might be more impacted,” said Sudarshan Motwani, founder, and chief executive of BookMyForex. “It also rests on on the levels of integration,” he added.