Vasudevan has succeeded the incumbent chief and RBI executive director Ajay Kumar Choudhary, who is said to have retired
Along with helming the RBI’s fintech department, Vasudevan will oversee currency management, the corporate strategy and budget department
The apex bank hived off a separate fintech department in 2022 to foster innovation and provide impetus to the burgeoning Indian fintech industry
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reportedly appointed executive director P Vasudevan as the new head of the fintech department earlier this month. With this, Vasudevan has become the second top official of the department since its formation in early 2022.
Sources told The Economic Times that Vasudevan has taken over the reins from the incumbent chief and RBI executive director Ajay Kumar Choudhary, who is said to have retired. As per the report, Choudhary has now been appointed to the board of the Reserve Bank Innovation Hub.
“He has immense experience handling the payment ecosystem in the country, which will help him while dealing with the growing fintech ecosystem in the country,” a senior fintech executive reportedly said.
The RBI hived off a separate fintech department in 2022 to foster innovation and provide impetus to the burgeoning Indian fintech industry. It is this department that industry stakeholders have to coordinate with for regulatory push and policymaking.
Industry executives told the publication that Vasudevan will likely focus on streamlining coordination between various supervisory departments and ironing out policy bottlenecks.
The fintech department will be an additional charge for Vasudevan who already oversees currency management, the corporate strategy and budget department at the central bank.
This comes barely three months after Vasudevan was appointed as the executive director of the central bank in July this year. The RBI executive previously served as the chief general manager in charge of the department of payment and settlement systems before the elevation.
The new appointment comes as the central bank has issued a slew of diktats and directives to streamline the entire fintech ecosystem. Just this month, the RBI issued rules to directly regulate entities facilitating cross-border payments.
It has also been tightening its grip around fintech players, especially payment aggregators, and mandating greater compliance with rules and regulations. In September, RBI deputy governor T. Rabi Sankar also pitched for the creation of self-regulatory organisations (SROs) in the fintech sector to tackle key issues such as market integrity, data privacy, and cybersecurity.
A flurry of diktats from the RBI in the past one year also forced companies to pivot while the business models of many other players have also been rendered useless.
As the fintech space grows in prominence, it remains to be seen how the space evolves. With a new official at the helm of affairs, all eyes are now on Vasudevan as to how he walks the tightrope between regulation and innovation.