A representative for Meta said, “We wish Manesh every luck in his future endeavours. Manesh has played a significant role in broadening the access to ‘payments on WhatsApp’ in India.

Manesh Mahatme, the leader of WhatsApp Pay India at Meta’s digital payments division, has left the firm after working there for one and a half years, according to an update on his LinkedIn profile.

According to insiders in the industry, Mahatme has returned to Amazon Pay, his prior workplace.
By April of last year, Mahatme had signed up for WhatsApp Pay.

“Manesh has played a vital part in broadening the availability to ‘payments on WhatsApp’ in India,” a Meta representative stated in response to a request for comment. “We wish him every luck for his future endeavours.”

The statement continued, “Payments on WhatsApp is a priority for Meta and we will continue to innovate and generate momentum as part of our larger efforts to get the “next 500 million Indians” onto the digital payments ecosystem.

Amazon did not respond to a question submitted by email.

Mahatme served as a director and board member at Amazon Pay India prior to joining WhatsApp Pay.

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) authorised Meta-owned WhatsApp to launch payment services in India in November 2020 with a cap of 20 million users.

In April, NPCI had given WhatsApp permission to make its payment features available to 100 million users.

According to NPCI, WhatsApp Pay enabled 6.72 million transactions in August totaling Rs 567.17 crore.

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