Demonetisation: Bank deposits exceed withdrawals nearly five times over

Deposits were nearly five times as large as withdrawals over 10 days to 18 November, 2016, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on 8 November, 2016.

Exchange/deposits of invalid notes  — Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 — amounted to Rs 5,44,571 crore ($80 billion) between 10 and 18 November, according to data released by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday.

Demonetisation: Bank deposits exceed withdrawals nearly five times over

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While exchange of soiled notes (invalid currencies are called soiled in banking parlance) amounted to Rs 33,006 crore ($4.85 billion), deposits amounted to Rs 5,11,565 crore ($75 billion).

Banks have also reported to RBI that account holders have withdrawn Rs 1,03,316 crore ($15 billion) during this period.

The Prime Minister, in one stroke, made 86 percent of currencies worth over Rs 14 lakh crore ($217 billion) invalid, IndiaSpend reported on 8 November, 2016.

The government said the move would flush out black – or unaccounted – money from the system, stop terrorism funding and counterfeit currency. But the move also affected millions of Indians who may not have black money but transact in cash. Long lines continue at automated teller machines (ATMs) and banks, particularly in rural areas, to exchange old notes and withdraw money.

Currency in denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 increased 50 percent over three years (from Rs 9.6 lakh crore in 2012-13 to Rs 14.1 lakh crore in 2015-16), according to RBI data, IndiaSpend reported on 12 November, 2016.

The currency with people rose during the last three years – 2013 to 2016 – against deposits kept by people in banks, RBI data show. From being almost equal in 2007, currency with Indians was 50 percent more than bank deposits in these three years, IndiaSpend reported on 12 November, 2016.

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Updated Date: Nov 22, 2016 10:19:19 IST

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