India Post Payments Bank Current Affairs - 2020

IPPB rolls out Aadhaar-enabled payment services

The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has rolled out of Aadhaar Enabled Payment System Services (AePS). The announcement of roll out was made by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad at the first anniversary celebrations of India Post Payments Bank in New Delhi.

About IPPB’s AePS

With the launch of AePS, the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has now become single largest platform in India for providing interoperable banking services to customers (of any bank) by leveraging last mile unprecedented reach of Indian Postal network.

IPPB’s AePS services

To avail these AePS of IPPB, customers can simply authenticate their identity with Aadhaar authentication and fingerprint scan to complete a transaction. Also, with AePS services, any person with a Aadhaar linked bank account can perform basic banking services like cash withdrawals and balance enquiry irrespective of bank they hold their account with.

By leveraging AePS customers can now access their accounts (with any bank) by simply using their fingerprint for balance enquiry right/cash withdrawal at their doorstep through Postmen and Gramin Dak Sevaks (GDS).

IPPB’s services are now available in over 136,000 Post Offices and delivered by over 195,000 Postmen and GDSs therefore, the ability of Postmen and GDS to reach every village on an almost daily basis has reduced the distance to access banking services to nearly ‘0 kms’.

The launch of AePS by IPPB enhances the last mile interoperable banking infrastructure by 2.5 times.

IPPB also delivers simple and affordable banking solutions through intuitive interfaces available in 13 different languages.

Significance:

The Aadhaar Enabled Payment System Services would give a strong boost to Centre’s efforts in expanding access to financial services for millions of unbanked and underbanked customers.

With this AePS, the Centre envisions to ride the 440 Central schemes on-boarded to Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) platform on IPPB platform too. Also, in order to work with government’s key mantra of ‘inclusive banking’, the Department of Posts should strive for banking the unbanked, funding the unfunded and securing the unsecured.

IPPB ties up with Bajaj Allianz to offer life insurance products

State-owned India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) and private life insurer Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co Ltd (BALIC) have entered into strategic partnership to provide life insurance solutions. It will allow IPPB customers across segments to access wide array of life insurance products and services especially at doorstep. BALIC is the first life insurer to partner with IPPB. This partnership will allow BALIC to leverage IPPB’s last mile reach for building awareness about life insurance.

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)

IPPB has been set up as Public Limited Company under Department of Posts (DoP) with 100% Government of India (GOI) equity. It was launched on September 1, 2018 in New Delhi. It has begun operations with 650 branches and 3,250 access points across the country. It leverages DoP’s network, resources and reach to make low-cost, quality and simple financial services easily accessible to customers in the country.

It offers basic banking services acceptance of demand deposits, remittance services, internet banking and other specified services. It does not lending services. It can accept deposits up to Rs. 1 lakh per account from individuals and small businesses. It can issue ATM/debit cards but not credit cards. It can also issue other prepaid payment instruments. It can also distribute non-risk sharing simple financial products like mutual funds and insurance products.