How ₹2,000 Notes Withdrawal Is Different From The Demonetisation?
The RBI & govt of India had announced demonetization in 2016. This time ₹2,000 currencies are being withdrawn from the market. Know how these events are different!
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced the withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes from circulation, although they will continue to be legal tender.
This move comes as the central bank aims to improve deposit accretion in banks and potentially ease interest rate hikes.
The Rs 2,000 notes were introduced in 2016 after the withdrawal of the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, which had their legal tender status revoked.
Individuals can deposit their Rs 2,000 banknotes into their bank accounts or exchange them for other denominations at any bank branch.
The exchange of Rs 2,000 notes for other denominations will be limited to Rs 20,000 at a time and can be done at any bank starting from May 23, 2023.
This facility will be available until September 30, 2023, to ensure a smooth transition and provide sufficient time for the public to exchange their notes.
Compared to the demonetization in 2016, where the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were completely invalidated, the withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 notes is different.
During demonetization, people had to exchange or deposit their old high-value notes within a specified period. In contrast, the Rs 2,000 notes will remain legal tender, but they will no longer be actively circulated.
Experts believe that the withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 notes could have a positive impact on banks. The improved deposit accretion is expected to alleviate the pressure on deposit rate hikes and potentially result in a moderation of short-term interest rates.
This move is seen as a prudent step toward currency management and maintaining banking and financial discipline.
Additionally, the withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 notes is expected to contribute to increased transparency in various sectors, such as high-value real estate transactions.
It further reduces the potential cash component in such transactions and aligns with the efforts made in recent years to enhance transparency in the real estate market.
The withdrawal of the Rs 2,000 notes differs from the demonetization which happened in 2016 as it does not make the notes worthless.
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Instead, you can deposit them in banks or exchange them for other denominations within the specified limits and timeframe.
The objectives are to improve deposit accretion, ease interest rate pressures, and promote transparency in various sectors of the economy.