After negotiations, a petrol pump dealers association has said that they will continue to accept credit and debit card payments after banks put on hold an extra charge that was to be levied on such payments.
A representative of the petrol pump dealers' association has said that they have put the issue on hold till January 13:
Petroleum minister assured us that this issue will be resolved by January 13th, so we have decided to defer our strike till then: DPDA pic.twitter.com/WDigna1TbG— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2017
Let's hope that 1% surcharge won't be imposed, the 1% surcharge is never imposed on petrol pumps: Anurag Narain, Delhi petrol dealers assn— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2017
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said that the surcharge that was brought back by banks will hopefully not be levied again:
Negotiating b/w banks&oil marketing cos. Surcharge will not be imposed on customers as well as on petrol pump owners: Dharmendra Pradhan pic.twitter.com/lr3wgPFl8P— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2017
Suggested banks&oil mkting cos to sit and resolve dispute so that customers&petrol pump owners wouldn’t face any charges:Dharmendra Pradhan— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2017
Petrol pump owners have to follow govt.’s decision there is no question on it. The issue will be resolved very soon: Dharmendra Pradhan— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2017
To promote cash-less transactions, the government had waived the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on fuel purchase post demonetisation for consumers. But after the expiry of the 50-day window, the banks decided to levy MDR on petrol pump owners.
Petrol pump dealers had declared that they will not accept payments through cards from Monday prompting harried consumers to rush to fuel outlets.