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SBI says it Yono platform can help get 'rid' of debit cards

SBI says it Yono platform can help get 'rid' of debit cards
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By CNBC-TV18 Aug 20, 2019 4:14:21 PM IST (Updated)

This is despite the huge reliance on debit cards by customers of SBI which services a fifth of the population.

State Bank of India's (SBI) chairman Rajnish Kumar believes there is a case for eliminating debit cards for good.

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At an industry event on Monday, Kumar said, "...it is our wish to eliminate the debit cards, and am sure we can eliminate them."
He said there are around 90 crore debit cards in the country as against 3 crore credit cards, and pointed out to digital solutions like its own 'Yono' platform as the key for achieving a debit card-less country.
Kumar said through the Yono platform, one can withdraw cash at the automated teller machines or pay for purchases at a merchant establishment without having a card at all. He said the bank has already set up 68,000 'Yono
cashpoints' and is in the process of scaling it up massively to over 1 million in the next 18 months, which will make the necessity to have a card even less.
Additionally, the Yono platform can also give credit for buying certain merchandise, making the credit card in the pocket also as a "stand-by", Kumar said.
In the next five years, there will be a limited need to have any plastic cards in your pocket, Kumar said, pointing out that virtual coupons is the future.
He said at present, the QR code is also a very inexpensive way of ensuring payments.
(With PTI inputs)
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