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Paytm launches Rs 100 cr loyalty scheme for kirana stores to cover merchant charges

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Digital payment firm on Tuesday announced a Rs 100 crore loyalty programme for grocery stores to cover losses faced by merchants from transaction charges.

Paytm launches Rs 100 cr loyalty scheme for kirana stores to cover merchant charges

Businesses are now required to pay 1 percent MDR (merchant discount rate) for transferring payment received on Paytm wallet to their bank account.

Paytm said it has set aside Rs 100 crore, which would be invested in giving access to financial services and various marketing tools to encourage kirana stores to accelerate the growth of digital payments through Paytm all-in-one QR during pandemic.

“The banks charge us a fee to load the wallet and we will be returning this 1 per cent MDR by doubling the benefits for their business which includes various financial and business services that they use on our platform,” , Senior Vice President, Paytm said.

Paytm said that as part of the new loyalty programme, all merchant partners will be eligible to earn reward points for accepting payments from Paytm Wallet, Rupay Cards, and all UPI based payment apps.

“The collected points can be redeemed for a voucher instantly or for purchasing exciting merchandise from the Paytm for Business app, such as sound-box, EDC, etc. There is no limit on the reward points that can be earned by a merchant and will directly depend upon the total number of transactions done through the Paytm all-in-One QR,” the statement said.