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Paytm boss Vijay Shekhar Sharma accuses WhatsApp of unfair play, wants govt to step in

BENGALURU: Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the founder of India’s largest digital payments company Paytm, will petition the architect of the country’s unified digital payment system (UPI) for redressal of what he termed as an unfair playing field accorded to messaging service provider WhatsApp, which has begun testing its payment service in the country.
WhatsApp trial service launched in India last week does not require a log-in session and Aadhaar-based payments. Sharma said he will approach the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which has developed the UPI system, and even higher authorities to highlight this issue.
Owned by Facebook, WhatsApp boasts a monthly user base of 200 million in India and its entry into the country’s digital payment space threatens to upend the pecking order.

“Facebook is openly colonising our payment system and is customising UPI to their benefit. UPI was built as an India Stack, now some American monopoly arm-twists UPI for customer implementation,” Sharma told ET.
Sharma added that lack of a login makes WhatsApp payments a security risk, akin to giving an “open ATM” to everyone. “How can you give such a security risk just in the name of underwriting that banks have given. WhatsApp is used by gullible Indian consumers far more than any other application in this country,” said Sharma.



He also questioned the fact that WhatsApp was allowed to start a pilot with lakhs of customers, while it should have been with 5,000-10,000 customers. People close to NPCI have said that it will implement all the required features when it goes live for its entire consumer base, which is expected by the end of March.
Representatives for Paytm confirmed that WhatsApp’s vice-president Neeraj Arora has stepped down from the board of Paytm, a position which he held since 2015.
Email queries sent to WhatsApp and NPCI did not elicit aresponse at the time of filing this article. NPCI has 10 core promoter banks, including State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and HSBC. In 2016, the shareholding was broad-based to 56 member banks.
WhatsApp’s entry, backed by deep pockets of Facebook, comes close on the heels of search giant Google’s launch of its payments service Tez last year, making India the first market in the world where the global technology giants including Amazon are competing for market share. Sharma clarified that he is not taking a stand against overseas companies, but asking for “a level-playing field” against competitors. His firm, last valued at about $10 billion, counts China’s Alibaba and Ant Financial besides Japan’s SoftBank as key shareholders.
“This is not about Indian companies versus international companies. India is an open internet economy that welcomes every company that plays fair,” he said.
An industry executive aware of WhatsApp’s payments product has rebutted Sharma’s claims. “While NPCI has advised UPI apps to have login sessions, it is not compulsory. Even other apps that use UPI, like Ola and Uber, don’t have login sessions,” the person said, adding that WhatsApp has a session management in its app which needs to be customised to UPI guidelines.
Another executive in the payments space said that while security is not a big concern given that users will need their UPI PIN to transact, WhatsApp has been given leeway to make customer experience better which was not allowed to other companies. These features, he said, add friction to the customer experience of the apps developed by other players compared to WhatsApp.
“WhatsApp is auto creating IDs, not letting me edit and post to a VPA (a UPI handle) easily, not doing scan and pay in UPI QR codes and it is not interoperable,” said this executive on the condition of anonymity.
Digital entrepreneurs were critical of Sharma’s stance.
“WhatsApp has done a good payments app and other incumbents are just spreading fear,” said Amrish Rau, India head of global payments firm PayU. “These are just market gimmicks. WhatsApp is following the usual process for UPI. Spreading rumours is not helping Digital India,” he added.


In a response to comments made by rivals, Sharma said that his company along with Google’s Tez are the only players who are large enough to matter.
“Paytm is the majority transaction driver of UPI followed by Google. Everyone else is (small),” he said.
Industry body Nasscom said that it hopes that there will be a level playing field going forward. “I would expect that the core principle of UPI — seamless interoperability (the U stands for Unified!) —will be respected and interoperability will be more clearly and visibly supported by WhatsApp going forward. It is early days and the product is in beta or pilot,” said Prasanto K Roy, vice-president of Nasscom’s Internet Council.




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Sharma ji seems nervous that a competitor with big pockets is entering the fray, as he rightly should be.

Besides, this govt will never hurt Whatsapp, which is a delivery mechanism for fake-ass videos and news, often by the kinds of people who loudly yell "Presstitutes!"
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Sharma ji seems nervous that a competitor with big pockets is entering the fray, as he rightly should be.

Besides, this govt will never hurt Whatsapp, which is a delivery mechanism for fake-ass videos and news, often by the kinds of people who loudly yell "Presstitutes!"
Sharma is worried for alibaba only
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Sharma ji seems nervous that a competitor with big pockets is entering the fray, as he rightly should be.

Besides, this govt will never hurt Whatsapp, which is a delivery mechanism for fake-ass videos and news, often by the kinds of people who loudly yell "Presstitutes!"
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Drove out Vijay Shekhar Sharma from this country ! He is obstacle in rapidly transforming all digital India !
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Why paytm taking techniques from Alibaba? Paytm should be banned first from UPI service.

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Why should he worry about facebook? Selling the products lesser than the market price and those cashback offers? Isn't it unethical? How can a local mobile recharge compete with you?

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OP is just saying bankrupt sharmaji has petioned the govt for level playing field and ppl are already making the discussion political and personal - govt this govt that people this people that etc. And when somebody with a differing opinion will counter that view then they will say trolling, intolerance, or whatever and take high moral ground.

Govt should just provide level playin field and let the best survive. Sharmaji's Paytm has already accumultaed huge losses and its total losses in 2017 was double its revenue. Now with Whatsapp entering the market Sharmaji will be totally f$##d. He should book advance London first class ticket now only before look out notice is issued.

Surprising thing is why big and deep pockets in India and abroad are still providing capital to this company including a huge Japanese bank.

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Sharma ji seems nervous that a competitor with big pockets is entering the fray, as he rightly should be.

Besides, this govt will never hurt Whatsapp, which is a delivery mechanism for fake-ass videos and news, often by the kinds of people who loudly yell "Presstitutes!"


Sharma is anti-national and trying to derail the digital India !
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