Rs 500, 1000 notes made illegal
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the country by surprise by making Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes illegal from Tuesday midnight. Addressing the country on the TV, he announced that Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes would not be used from midnight onwards. The Rs.500 and Rs. 1000 notes must be deposited at post offices and banks by the end of December, Modi said. Stressing the step was essential and most important to fight the twin menaces of black money and terrorism being funded by a neighbouring country.
Some highlights of the Prime Minister’s address are:
- 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