MasterCard and Indian Government Working Together For Low-Cost Payment Tech

The government of India and global payments company MasterCard are working together to bring low-cost payment technologies to accelerate the growth of country’s digitization program. In order to facilitate citizens for making digital transactions, RBI and Indian Banks Association launched BharatQR earlier this year.

Speaking on the development, Ajay Bhalla, President of Global Enterprise Risk & Security at MasterCard said, “To date, there are more than 300,000 merchants who have deployed BharatQR, the world’s first globally inter-operable payments solution.”

“We are committed to India in a very big way as an organization – working with regulators, banks and stake holders in developing solution,” he said.


In late last year, the Government of India announced the demonetization policy under which old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 bills were made invalidated overnight which resulted in the increase in the digital transactions. Citing industry estimates, Bhalla said, “there was an 86 percent increase in merchants accepting card payments on a daily basis compared to pre-demonetisation period.”

As per RBI data, transactions at POS (point of sale) terminals also gone up to 70 percent in six months, from 1.5 million in September 2016 to 2.5 million in March 2017.

“We are using India as a big base for developing a number of solutions and innovations,” he said. MasterCard has a huge staff deployed in India who are working on developing some software products which are used uniquely for India and some of these are used globally, Bhalla said. “We really compliment the Indian government in the laudable step that they are taking in converting the cash economy into the digital economy,” he said.

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