RBI: 97.5% Of Rs 2,000 Currency Returned, Rs 8,897 Crore Worth Of Notes Still With Public

RBI announced that 97.5% of Rs 2,000 notes have been returned, leaving only Rs 8,897 crore with the public.

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A person holding Rs 2,000 Indian bank note to exchange inside SBI Fort branch. (Source: Vijay Sartape/NDTV Profit)

The Reserve Bank of India on Thursday said nearly 97.5% of the Rs 2,000 bank notes have been returned to the banking system, and only about Rs 8,897 crore worth of the withdrawn notes are still with the public.

On May 19, 2023 the RBI announced the withdrawal of Rs 2,000 denomination bank notes from circulation.

"The total of Rs 2,000 banknotes in circulation, which was Rs 3.56 lakh crore at the close of business on May 19, 2023, when the withdrawal of Rs 2,000 banknotes was announced, has declined to Rs 8,897 crore at the close of business on Jan. 31, 2024,' the RBI said in a statement.

Thus, 97.5% of the Rs 2,000 banknotes in circulation as on May 19, 2023, has since been returned, it added.

"The Rs 2,000 banknotes continue to be legal tender," the RBI added.

People can deposit and/or exchange Rs 2,000 bank notes at the 19 RBI offices across the country. People can also send Rs 2,000 bank notes through India Post from any post office to any of the RBI Issue Offices for credit to their bank accounts in India.

Public and entities holding such notes were initially asked to either exchange or deposit them in bank accounts by Sept. 30, 2023. The deadline was later extended to Oct. 7, 2023. Deposit and exchange services at bank branches were discontinued on Oct. 7, 2023.

Starting Oct. 8, 2023 individuals have been provided with the choice of either exchanging the currency or having the equivalent sum credited to their bank accounts at the 19 offices of the RBI.

The 19 RBI offices depositing/exchanging the bank notes are in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Belapur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna and Thiruvananthapuram.

The Rs 2,000 bank notes were introduced in November 2016, following the demonetisation of the then-prevailing Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 bank notes.

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