NPCI Revises Merchant Discount Rates For BHIM UPI Transactions
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NPCI Revises Merchant Discount Rates For BHIM UPI Transactions

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The National Payments Corporation of India has rationalised merchant discount rates for Bharat Interface for Money Unified Payments Interface transactions to promote digital payments.

Merchant discount rates for large ticket transactions has been capped at maximum Rs 100 and made zero at offline merchants for transaction up to Rs 100, a statement said on Friday.

As per the latest notification, the MDR has been revised to 0.30 percent with a maximum cap of Rs 100 per transaction.

Presently, this is capped at 0.25 percent for transactions up to Rs 2,000 and at 0.65 percent for transactions above Rs 2,000.

Further, MDR for offline merchant where transactions are done through QR Scan and Pay will be zero for transaction up to Rs 100. The new MDR rates will come into effect from Oct. 1, the statement said.

MDR is paid by a merchant to a bank for accepting payments from customers through credit or debit cards.

The statement said NPCI has been taking various steps for proliferation of merchant payments using UPI.

NPCI - the umbrella body for digital transactions - has already introduced a new merchant category of P2PM category for small merchants wherein inward transactions up to Rs 50,000 per month is allowed, it said.

This limit is now extended to Rs 1,00,000 per month and with instructions for real-time credit to merchant's own account, it added.

The zero MDR for transaction up to Rs 100 and increased limit for P2PM category (small merchants) will help faster migration from cash to digital using BHIM UPI, NPCI Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dilip Asbe said.

"The lower MDR will encourage all categories and types of merchants to deploy the asset-lite acceptance infrastructure (BHIM UPI QR code) to grow digital footprint across the country. We envisage this reduction in MDR will encourage merchants to start accepting BHIM UPI and grow the volume on merchant transactions multi-fold," Asbe added.

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