NPCI rationalises BHIM UPI MDR for merchant transactions

National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) was incorporated in 2008 as an umbrella organization for operating retail payments and settlement systems in India.

In order to promote digital payments, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has rationalized BHIM UPI MDR for merchant transactions. To drive digital payments in both small and large merchant’s transactions there is big shift in the MDR for UPI merchant transactions. MDR for large ticket transactions has been capped at maximum Rs 100 and made Zero at offline merchants for transaction up to Rs 100.

As per the latest notification, MDR has been revised to 0.30% with a maximum cap of Rs. 100 per transaction. Presently, this is capped at 0.25% for transactions up to Rs. 2,000 and at 0.65% 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 1st October 2019.

NPCI has been taking various steps for proliferation of merchant payments using UPI. NPCI 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.This limit is now extended to Rs. 1,00,000 per month and with instructions for real-time credit to merchant’s own account.

Dilip Asbe, MD & CEO, NPCI said “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. 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 envisagethis reduction in MDR will encourage merchants to start accepting BHIM UPI and grow the volume on merchant transactions multi-fold.”