New Delhi: Giving minor relief to people struggling to collect cash from their banks or ATMs, some petrol stations will offer facilities to customers to swipe their debit card to get up to Rs 2,000 from Friday.
“It has been decided that an amount of up to Rs 2000 per day per person can be dispensed against swiping of debit card from select petrol pumps,” a government release said.
According to reports, the facility will initially available at 2500 petrol pumps across the country.
All these stations have card swipe machines from State Bank of India.
“We are very happy that the government has accepted our proposal. We wrote to the prime minister on November 14 to apprise him of the situation at petrol pumps and our willingness to help mitigate people’s cash woes. We have never shied away from serving any national cause. We are happy to assist the government in its fight against black money and terror funding,” AIPDA president Ajay Bansal told The Times of India.
This move is being seen as an attempt to tackle long queues of people turning up at banks and ATMs to exchange or deposit Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes, which lost their legal tender last week.
The pumps need to have a State Bank of India Point of Sale machine, which are used for debit or credit card transactions.
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