Banks instructed to clear pending vigilance cases against officials: Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a review meeting with chief executive officers (CEOs) of public sector banks (PSBs) in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday (December 28) instructed public sector banks to clear pending vigilance cases against their officials for alleged malpractices.

The minister also said no Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges will be applicable on select modes of payment from January 1.

The modes of payment will be notified soon, Sitharaman said after a review meeting with heads of public sector banks (PSBs). In her Budget speech in July, Sitharaman had proposed to waive MDR charges to spur digital payments.

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“I, therefore, propose that the business establishments with annual turnover more than ₹50 crore shall offer such low-cost digital modes of payment to their customers and no charges or Merchant Discount Rate shall be imposed on customers as well as merchants.
“RBI and banks will absorb these costs from the savings that will accrue to them on account of handling less cash as people move to these digital modes of payment,” she had said.

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