JK News Today
New Delhi, Nov 17
Decreasing the cash exchange limit for the defunct Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency bills the Government today announced that only Rs 2000 exchanged as against existing Rs.4500 effective Friday.
“To enable larger number of people to get benefit of over-the-counter exchange of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the existing limit of Rs 4,500 will be reduced to Rs 2,000 with effect from tomorrow,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters
The over-the-counter exchange of Rs 500/1,000 in return of new currency will be available “once per person till December 30”
“This will enable larger number of people to exchange notes. There is no cash shortage and enough cash is available,” he said. But still thee are long queues both for exchange and outside the ATMs. The line up is starting much before the banks open in the morning.
The decision comes a day after the government directed banks to put indelible ink mark on the right index finger of persons to screen them from using the exchange facility more than once
There are reports of 80 persons having died getting suffocated in the queues and several fainting.
Among other measures, it has allowed up to Rs 2.5 lakh cash withdrawal from bank account of a bride or groom or their parents for a marriage during the ongoing wedding season
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on November 8 demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in his bigger war against black money, terror financing and counterfeit notes
Since then a lot of representations have come to Prime Minister and Finance Minister to ease withdrawal norms for wedding purposes
“This has been considered by the government and decided that for wedding ceremonies, up to Rs 2.5 lakh will be allowed to be withdrawn from account if father or mother or the bride and groom,” Das said
He said the account has to be KYC compliant and self declaration has to be given to the bank