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Paytm Restructures Workforce Amid RBI Ban, Provides Outplacement Support

One97 Communications, the parent company of the Paytm brand, has announced a significant restructuring that includes layoffs and outplacement support for affected employees. This move comes as a response to operational challenges, notably the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) ban on Paytm Payments Bank services.

Workforce Reduction and Support Initiatives

The fintech giant has not specified the exact number of employees being laid off but confirmed a substantial reduction in its sales personnel. In the March 2024 quarter, Paytm’s sales staff count decreased by approximately 3,500, bringing the total to 36,521 employees. This reduction is a direct consequence of the RBI’s restrictions imposed on Paytm Payments Bank.

One97 Communications emphasized its commitment to assisting employees through this transition. “Our human resource teams are actively collaborating with over 30 companies that are currently hiring, providing assistance to employees who have opted to share their information, facilitating their immediate outplacement,” the company stated. This support is part of the broader restructuring strategy aimed at maintaining a streamlined organization.

Impact of RBI Ban

The RBI’s ban, effective from March 15, prohibits Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPBL) from accepting deposits, credit transactions, or top-ups in any customer accounts, wallets, and FASTags. This action was taken in the interest of customers, including merchants, impacting Paytm’s operations significantly.

Following the ban, Paytm reported a widening loss of Rs 550 crore for the January-March 2024 period, a substantial increase from the Rs 167.5 crore loss reported in the same period the previous year. This financial strain underscores the severe impact of the RBI’s decision on the company’s bottom line.

Strategic Shift Towards Profitability

In its FY24 earnings release, One97 Communications highlighted its ongoing efforts to streamline operations and drive profitability. The company plans to prune non-core business lines and leverage AI-led interventions to maintain a leaner organizational structure. This strategic shift is aimed at achieving sustainable growth and financial stability.

Paytm has assured that it will disburse due bonuses to employees, maintaining fairness and transparency throughout the restructuring process. This commitment to employee welfare, even amid layoffs, reflects the company’s attempt to balance its financial goals with responsible human resource practices.

Future Outlook

As Paytm navigates these challenging times, its focus remains on restructuring and stabilizing its core operations. The collaboration with over 30 hiring companies for outplacement support is a positive step towards mitigating the impact of layoffs on its workforce. Moreover, the company’s strategic emphasis on AI and profitability indicates a forward-looking approach to overcoming current obstacles.

The fintech sector will be closely watching how Paytm adapts to these changes and whether its efforts to streamline operations and enhance profitability will pay off in the long run. For now, the immediate priority remains managing the transition for its employees and stabilizing its financial performance in the wake of the RBI’s stringent measures.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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