To stop black money, Indian government withdraws Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from circulation.

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Zulfiqar Sheth

Taking the nation by surprise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced demonetisation of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid in a major assault on black money, fake currency and corruption.

In his first televised address to the nation, Mr. Modi said people holding notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30.

Here are the highlights from his address:

  • Corruption and black money are diseases rooted in this country, they are obstacles to our success.
  • We are among fastest-growing economies, but we also rank so high in global corruption rankings.
  • We need to take a new solid step to fight black money. From now on, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000  notes will not be used. Have 50 days to turn them into banks and post offices.
  • On November 9 and in some places on November 10, ATMs will not work.
  • Respite for people for the initial 72 hours, government hospitals will accept old Rs. 500 and 1000 notes till 11 November midnight.
  • Petrol pumps and retail outlets will have to keep every single entry of cash transaction with 500 and 1000 notes till November 11.
  • Crematoriums and cemeteries will also be allowed to transact 500 and 1000 notes till November 11.
  • There will be no change in any other form of currency exchange be it cheque, DD, payment via credit or debit cards etc.
  • Those unable to deposit Rs. 1000, Rs. 500 notes by December 30 for some reason, can change them till March 31, 2017 by furnishing ID proof
  • Notes of Rs. 2000 and Rs. 500 will be circulated soon, RBI has decided to limit the notes with higher value.

This is not the first time this has happened in India, at least technically. Earlier, Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 banknotes, which were in circulation, were demonetized in January 1946, primarily to curb unaccounted money. The higher denomination banknotes in Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 were reintroduced in the year 1954, and these banknotes (Rs 1,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000) were again demonetized in January 1978. So that makes it the last time demonetisation was done in India. (Source :RBI)

 

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