Tech Mahindra Ltd. a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering today announced that the Reserve Bank of India has granted an “in-principle” approval to the company to set up a Payments Bank under the Guidelines for Licensing of Payments Banks issued on November 27, 2014.
The bank will be an independent unit under the Mahindra Group led by Tech Mahindra, a Mahindra Group company and Mahindra Finance, a leading rural NBFC, as equal contributors to the new entity. This foray is another example of the group’s determination to drive positive change within its eco-system and beyond. The ultimate vision is to create a technology led Payment Bank that will reach every customer in India.
Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group said “We at Mahindra are honoured by this opportunity to drive financial inclusion across India through technology. This initiative will contribute to the creation of a truly ‘Digital India’ that empowers every citizen to enhance the quality of their lives. We will use the ‘click and brick’ model to ensure easy accessibility for every user of this new payment bank.”
CP Gurnani, CEO & MD, Tech Mahindra commented, “As the only IT player to be awarded this grant, it is indeed a huge moment for Tech Mahindra. This affirmative step by the government towards the larger motive for Digital India is a huge boost for Corporate India and we truly welcome this decision. As a leading global player with a strong presence and the trust bestowed upon the Mahindra brand we are truly in the right spot to deliver on our mission of financial inclusion not only in India but across the globe”.
Ramesh Iyer, CEO & MD, Mahindra Finance said “This is a momentous occasion for us as this initiative could be a potential game changer for the underserved customers especially in rural India. We hope to leverage the Group’s rural understanding and digital capabilities to deliver relevant financial solutions and thereby catalyze the transformation of Bharat.”