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What options are available after deadline to exchange Rs 2,000 notes is over? | DETAILS

Image Source : PTI (FILE) Rs 2,000 deadline is over in India on October 7

Rs 2,000 notes deadline over: The last day for the public to avail of exchange or to deposit high-value Rs 2,000 banknotes at the banks was Saturday (October 7). A day before the deadline, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das had said only about Rs 12,000 crore (or 3.37 per cent) of the currency notes remained in circulation. This essentially meant over 96 per cent of the total value of Rs 2,000 banknotes were back in the banking system.

The final update from the RBI was yet to be notified after the deadline was over. 

What will happen to those individuals whose Rs 2,000 notes are yet to be exchanged or deposited in banks?

According to the RBI, Rs 2,000 notes can continue to be exchanged by individuals or entities at the 19 RBI Issue Offices up to a limit of Rs 20,000 at a time; or can tender Rs 2,000 banknotes for credit to their bank accounts in India for any amount; else people within the country can also send Rs 2000 banknotes through India Post, addressed to any of the 19 RBI Issue Offices for credit to their bank accounts in India.

Those 19 RBI Issue Offices are in-

  1. Ahmedabad
  2. Bangalore
  3. Belapur
  4. Bhopal
  5. Bhubaneswar
  6. Chandigarh
  7. Chennai
  8. Guwahati
  9. Hyderabad
  10. Jaipur
  11. Jammu
  12. Kanpur
  13. Kolkata
  14. Lucknow
  15. Mumbai
  16. Nagpur
  17. New Delhi
  18. Patna
  19. Thiruvananthapuram

Also, RBI has on many occasions confirmed that Rs 2,000 notes will continue to be legal tender. The total value of Rs 2,000 banknotes in circulation was Rs 3.56 lakh crore at the close of business on May 19, 2023- the date on which RBI decided to withdraw the banknote.

September 30 was initially decided as the last date for the purpose of completing the exchange and deposit exercise in a time-bound manner and to provide adequate time to the public. People were requested to utilise the month of September to deposit or exchange their Rs 2000 banknotes to avoid any rush at the last moment.

On September 30, RBI, based on a review, decided to extend the arrangement for deposit and exchange till October 7, 2023. With effect from October 8, 2023, banks shall stop accepting Rs 2000 banknotes for credit to accounts or exchange to other denomination banknotes, RBI had said.

On May 19, the RBI initially decided to withdraw the Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes from circulation but said it would continue to remain as legal tender. However, RBI had advised banks to stop issuing such banknotes with immediate effect.

The Rs 2000 denomination banknote was introduced in November 2016, primarily to meet the currency requirement of the economy in an expeditious manner after the withdrawal of the legal tender status of all Rs 500 and Rs 1000 banknotes in circulation at that time.

The objective of introducing Rs 2000 banknotes was met once banknotes in other denominations became available in adequate quantities. Therefore, the printing of Rs 2000 banknotes was stopped in 2018-19.

(With ANI inputs)

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