India’s central bank to monitor digital lending, says recent spurt of lending apps has raised serious concerns
Reserve Bank of Indiahas set up a working group to monitor digital lendingin the country.
- The group will study the scope of
digital lendingin India, identify risks in the sector “posed by unregulated digital lending”.
- The group will also set up a Fair Practices Code and recommend measures for data security in the sector.
“A Working Group (WG) is being set up to study all aspects of
The group will study the scope of digital lending in India, identify risks in the sector “posed by unregulated digital lending” and also suggest regulatory measures if needed. Additionally, the group will also set up a Fair Practices Code and “recommend measures for robust data governance, data privacy and data security standards for deployment of digital lending services.”
Earlier in December 2020, the RBI had sent out a note of caution about unauthorized digital lending platforms and apps, which promise quick loans.
With the coronavirus pandemic, people have been turning more and more to digital apps which offer hassle-free instant loans. However, reports have surfaced about fraudulent cases emerging from such online practices. In Telangana, 11 people have been arrested so far in connection to such dubious loan companies. The Cyberabad police has also reportedly written to Google Play Store regarding 259 such micro loan apps.
AdvertisementAccording to a Newsminute report, at least five people have committed suicide in the state due to harrassment from such instant loan apps.
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