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Ministry of Finance

05-March-2018 13:19 IST

 The Government constitutes a Steering Committee on Fintech related issues to consider various issues relating to development of Fin tech space in India with a view to make Fin tech related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-à-vis other emerging economies; 

To focus on how Fin tech can be leveraged to enhance financial inclusion of MSMEs.

In pursuance to the announcement made by the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2018-19(Para 75), a Steering Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs(DEA), Ministry of Finance.

Objective: – To consider various issues relating to development of Fin tech space in India with a view to make Fin tech related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-à-vis other emerging economies.  The Steering Committee will also focus on how Fin tech can be leveraged to enhance financial inclusion of MSMEs.

Composition: –The Steering Committee would comprise of the following :-

Sl. No. Designation Department Remarks
(i) Secretary Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) Chairman
(ii) Secretary Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) Member
(iii) Secretary Department of Financial Services (DFS) Member
(iv) Secretary Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Member
(v) Chairperson Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) Member
(vi) Chief Executive Officer Unique Identification Authority of India Member
(vii) Deputy Governor (DG) Reserve Bank of India Member
(viii) Joint Secretary (Investment) Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) Convener

The Steering Committee may also invite participants from the private sector.

Terms of Reference:The Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee will be as follows:-

i. To take stock of the developments in the Fin tech sector globally, and in India, and arrive at a common shared understanding of the current state of play;

ii. To analyze critically the regulatory regime spread over different entities that has impacted the growth of Fin tech in India;

iii. To consider how Fin tech can be leveraged in critical sectors of the economy, especially financing of MSMEs, affordable housing, delivery of e-services to vulnerable sections, provision of land record management and other government services, access and adoption of digital payments, and to study the developments in these areas;

iv. To develop regulatory interventions, e.g., regulatory sandbox model, that will enhance the role of Fin tech in the sectors identified for focused interventions;

v. To promote ease of doing business in the Fin tech sector;

vi. To consider means of using data with GSTN and data residing with information utilities such as Credit Information Companies (CICs),etc in open domain with a view to developing applications for financing of MSMEs.

vii. To work with Government agencies like UIDAI to explore creation and use of unique enterprise identification number;

viii. To consider international cooperation opportunities in Fin tech with countries like Singapore, UK, China, etc.

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