The Indian government on Monday said that consumers can continue to use debit and credit cards at petrol bunks without being charged with transaction fee even after January 13, the day till petrol pump dealers have put off their threat of not accepting plastic money to oppose bearing the cost.

"Merchant discount rate charges will be levied as per RBI guidelines but who will take the hit, banks and oil marketing companies are discussing the issue.

A mechanism will be planned out under which customers or petrol bunk owners will not bear the cost, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said reporters after discussing the issue with finance minister Arun Jaitley.

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