Citi India waives Debit Card fees for merchants

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai | November 28, 2016 10:14 IST

This step supports Citi India’s merchant partners as consumers move towards electronic modes of payments at this time, and is aligned with The Government’s increased focus on digitizing payments.

Citi India announced the temporary suspension of the merchant discount rate (MDR) on all domestic debit card transactions it acquires. This suspension will go into effect on November 26, 2016, and will remain until December 31, 2016. During this period, all merchants who receive payments for domestic debit card transactions will not incur any charges. This step supports Citi India’s merchant partners as consumers move towards electronic modes of payments at this time, and is aligned with The Government’s increased focus on digitizing payments.
 
“By waiving these charges, we will help the growth of the digital payments ecosystem. Citi India consistently works with our partners, both online and offline, to increase card spending by uniquely designed offerings that capture consumer trends, and result in incremental business for our partners as well,” said Arjun Chowdhry, Head of Credit Cards and Unsecured Lending.
 
Citi is a leading issuer and acquirer of both credit and debit cards in India, partnering with Mastercard and Visa. It also acquires Rupay cards of the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). With spends per credit card at 1.4x of the comparable industry average, Citi has been associated with many digital banking innovations such as Instant Personal Loans, direct OTP for Citi cards, ATM funds transfer via IMPS, etc. In addition, Citi India is the first bank to integrate directly with wallet providers.
 

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