Instructions have been issued on Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) Structure on June 28, 2012, capping the MDR @ 0.75% for payment made through debit cards up to Rs. 2000/- and @ not exceeding 1 % of transaction value above Rs. 2000/-. Further, in order to facilitate wider acceptance of card payments, following temporary measures have been introduced for the period from Jan 1, 2017 applicable till March 31, 2017:
i.For transactions upto Rs. 1000/- MDR shall be capped at 0.25% of the transaction value.
ii.For transactions above Rs. 1000/- and upto Rs. 2000/-, MDR shall be capped at 0.5% of the transaction value.
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The Reserve Bank of India has been continuously striving to promote electronic transactions by making it safe, secure accessible and efficient. Toward this end, a number of measures have been taken on “Security and Risk Mitigation Measures for Securing Electronic Payment Transactions” which can broadly be put in to 4 categories.
i. Securing Card Present Transactions
ii. Securing Card not Present Transactions/On line card not present transactions.
iii. Securing Payments through Internet banking/Electronic Payments-RBI has required banks to introduce additional measures to secure electronic mode of payments like RTGS, NEFT and IMPS.
iv. On line alerts for all type of card transactions – RBI instructed banks to send on line alerts to customers for all type of card transactions
This was stated by Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha recently.