RuPay credit cards next year; to compete with Visa and Mastercard
MAS Team | 18 June 2015

RuPay, India's own card payment system floated by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) would roll out RuPay Credit cards from next year, a top official said.

"Issuance of the card is expected to give Visa and MasterCard a tough competition, since the debit card issued by RuPay by banks in India has revealed that there is a huge potential for cards penetration and transaction," NCPI Chairman M Balachandran told reporters.

About 13% of total transactions on ATM, Point of Sale and Ecommerce have come through the scheme within a year of introduction of RuPay cards, he said adding that transactions through this was growing one to 2% month on month.

Balachandran, here to participate in the celebration of first International Family Remittance Day, said NPCI targets to reach every Indian by 2020. So far, over 160 million people have been issued RuPay.

In the last five years, the organisation has grown multi-fold from two million transactions a day to 20 million transactions now, he said.

RuPay, which had tied up with overseas banks like JCB of Japan, is holding negotiations for tie-up with China Union Pay for more proliferation overseas, Balachandran said.

The event was organised by payment solutions company GI Technology in association with NPCI and Dhan Foundation and was aimed at sensitising migrant workers, banks, retailers and society about digitalisation of payment system, he said.

GI Technology Managing Director, RM Palaniyappan said the company has built a robust network of over 90,000 retail points across small towns and rural area across India and plans to add 10,000 to 12,000 points annually.