No proposal to withdraw new Rs 2,000 notes: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

The Rs 2,000 banknotes were introduced along with new Rs 500 currency following the withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from 9 November, 2016.

PTI March 17, 2017 16:38:32 IST
No proposal to withdraw new Rs 2,000 notes: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said there is no proposal to withdraw the Rs 2,000 notes that were introduced post demonetisation.

The Rs 2,000 banknotes were introduced along with new Rs 500 currency following the withdrawal of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from 9 November, 2016.

No proposal to withdraw new Rs 2000 notes Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

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"There is no proposal to withdraw the Rs 2,000 denomination banknote," the minister said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Jaitley further said the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes returned to currency chests of the RBI amounted to Rs 12.44 lakh crore (as on 10 December, 2016).

The data obtained in this regard would need to be reconciled with the physical cash balances to eliminate counterfeit notes, accounting errors and possible double counts after which only the final figures will be arrived at, he said.

He added that as on 3 March, 2017 the currency in circulation was Rs 12 lakh crore and as on 27 January, it was Rs 9.92 lakh crore.

Jaitley said the cash recall seeks to create a new "normal" wherein the GDP will be bigger, cleaner and real.

"This exercise is part of the government's resolve to eliminate corruption, black money, counterfeit currency and terror funding.

"This exercise has resulted in an increase in deposits with banks. This will facilitate reduction of interest rates and provide more headroom to banks to expand their credit base," the minister said.

Following demonetisation, several restrictions were imposed on withdrawal from banks as well as ATMs. The restrictions have been gradually removed.

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