Negotiations underway, no one per cent surcharge on customers or petrol pump owners: Dharmendra Pradhan

Earlier, petrol dealers had announced that starting Sunday midnight, they would not accept the debit and credit cards of banks that would levy the extra charge.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2017 6:50 pm
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With petrol pumps across the nation deciding to postpone till January 13 their protest against the banks’ decision to levy extra charge on card transactions, the Centre has assured that negotiations are underway between banks and oil marketing companies, while assuring that surcharge will not be imposed on both customers and petrol pump owners.

“Neither the customers nor petrol pumps will bear additional charges on digital transactions; the issue will be resolved,” Dharmendra Pradhan said.

“Let me make it clear that customers will not be levied with any surcharge. Petrol Pumps were worried that the surcharge will be upon their heads, but let me assure them that it will not befall on them as well. Oil Marketing companies and banks are in talks and the former has given an incentive to increase digital transactions,” Pradhan added.

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Further informing that the Centre has advised both the banks and the oil marketing companies that they need to come together and find out a solution, Pradhan asserted that all efforts are being made so that neither the customers nor the petrol pump owners are levied with any surcharge. However, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has firmly denied charges that one per cent surcharge was levied before demonetisation, asserting that the surcharge was imposed only at normal establishments and never at any petrol pumps.

“Let me clarify once again, as many news channels are saying that this one per cent was levied before the demonetisation move but this was never done at any petrol pump across the country. This one percent surcharge was levied at normal establishments but not at petrol pumps,” DPDA president Anurag Narayan said.

Earlier, petrol dealers had announced that starting Sunday midnight, they would not accept the debit and credit cards of banks that would levy the extra charge. The Government intervened immediately into the alarming development, as petroleum dealers’ association had written to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, informing him about the sudden decision by the banks to levy the transaction charge and their resolution to refuse card payments.

In an attempt to promote cash-less transactions post demonetisation, the government had waived the MDR on fuel purchase for consumers, but following the expiry of the 50-day window, the banks decided to levy MDR on petrol pump owners. In their letter to Jaitley, the All India Petroleum Dealers’ Association stated that as had been no mention of passing the charge to consumers, the dealers would sustain a loss.

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  1. K
    Jan 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm
    We want to use the paper money - we do not want to use debit card. WE want freedom to chose - although it will be best for the nation if we went digital route for an extra fee
    1. H
      Haradhan Mandal
      Jan 9, 2017 at 9:45 am
      I don't know who the ministers is trying to fool. 1. Customer does not pay, 2. dealer does not pay. So far it is understood. 3. Banks do not pay - quite obvious where is the incentive do to some business here (making little money out of buying and selling petrol by offering some banking service between the two parties ). 4. Who pays then - OIL MARKETING companies. lt;br/gt;OIL marketing companies will increase the petrol price!?!?!?! Who pays? no one.
      1. A
        Jan 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm
        Good thinking. Unless banks move over to go to Rupay enm they will need to bear the charges if the govt insists that the MDR cannot be ped on. this is a good motivation to move out of VISA and MASTER card network. This actions will force banks to move to Rupay system
        1. A
          Jan 9, 2017 at 11:55 am
          Modi's and his govt have got their heads buried deep in their rectal channel. Bhakts follow the leaders. And surprise they are called blind Bhakts.
          1. C
            Jan 9, 2017 at 4:40 pm
            But ur pathetic
            1. C
              Jan 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm
              Get lost antinational mulla
              1. G
                George Cv
                Jan 9, 2017 at 5:03 am
                feku has taught all his ministers THE FINE ART OF LYING !
                1. D
                  Jan 9, 2017 at 6:20 am
                  Its finally going to be squeezed out from the customer pockets.
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