The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday, May 19, announced that it has decided to withdraw the Rs 2,000 currency notes from circulation. The central bank asked all to deposit the Rs 2,000 banknotes into their accounts or exchange them for banknotes of other denominations at any bank branch by September 30, 2023. Deposit into bank accounts can be made in the usual manner, without any restriction. The exchange facility for Rs 2,000 currency notes will start from May 23, 2023, the RBI said.
Do keep in mind that the existing Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes will continue to be legal tender.
Now what should you do with your old Rs 2,000 note? Do you have to pay any extra fee to exchange your current Rs 2,000 note? RBI answered all your queries.
- Why are the Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes being withdrawn?
The Rs 2000 denomination banknote was introduced in November 2016 under Section 24(1) of RBI Act, 1934, primarily with the objective to meet the currency requirement of the economy in an expeditious manner after withdrawal of the legal tender status of all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes in circulation at that time. With fulfilment of that objective and availability of banknotes in other denominations in adequate quantities, printing of Rs 2,000 banknotes was stopped in 2018-19. A majority of the Rs 2,000 denomination notes were issued prior to March 2017 and are at the end of their estimated life-span of 4-5 years. It has also been observed that this denomination is not commonly used for transactions. Further, the stock of banknotes in other denominations continue to be adequate to meet the currency requirement of the public.
In view of the above, and in pursuance of the “Clean Note Policy” of the Reserve Bank of India, it has been decided to withdraw the Rs 2000 denomination banknotes from circulation.
- What is Clean Note Policy?
It is a policy adopted by RBI to ensure availability of good quality banknotes to the members of public.
- Does the legal tender status of Rs 2,000 banknotes remain?
Yes, the Rs 2,000 banknote will continue to maintain its legal tender status.
- Can Rs 2,000 banknotes be used for normal transactions?
Yes, members of the public can continue to use Rs 2000 banknotes for their transactions and also receive them in payment. However, they are encouraged to deposit and/or exchange these banknotes on or before September 30, 2023.
- What should the public do with the Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes held by them?
Members of the public may approach bank branches for deposit and/or exchange Rs 2,000 banknotes held by them. The facility for deposit into accounts and exchange for Rs 2,000 banknotes will be available at all banks until September 30, 2023. The facility for exchange will be available also at the 19 Regional Offices (ROs) of RBI.
- Is there a limit on deposit of Rs 2,000 banknotes into a bank account?
Deposit into bank accounts can be made without restrictions subject to compliance with extant Know Your Customer (KYC) norms and other applicable statutory/regulatory requirements.
- Is there an operational limit on the amount of Rs 2,000 banknotes that can be exchanged?
Members of the public can exchange Rs 2000 banknotes up to to a limit of Rs 20,000 at a time.
- Can Rs 2,000 banknotes be exchanged through Business Correspondents (BCs)?
Yes, exchange of Rs 2,000 banknotes can be made through BCs upto a limit of Rs 4,000 per day for an account holder.
- From which date will the exchange facility be available?
To give time to the banks to make preparatory arrangements, members of the public are requested to approach the bank branches or ROs of RBI from May 23, 2023.
- Is it necessary to be a customer of the bank to exchange Rs 2,000 banknotes from its branches?
No. A non-account holder also can exchange Rs 2,000 banknotes up to a limit of ₹20,000 at a time at any bank branch.
- What if someone needs more than Rs 20,000 in cash for business or other purposes?
Deposit into accounts can be made without restrictions. The Rs 2000 banknotes can be deposited into bank accounts and cash requirements can be drawn thereafter against these deposits.
- Is there any fee to be paid for the exchange facility?
No, the exchange facility shall be provided free of cost.
- Will there be special arrangements for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, etc, for exchange and deposit?
Banks have been instructed to make arrangements to reduce inconvenience to the senior citizens, etc., seeking to exchange/deposit Rs 2,000 banknotes.
- What will happen if one cannot deposit/exchange ₹2000 banknote immediately?
To make the entire process smooth and convenient for the public, a period of over four months has been given for deposit and/or exchange of Rs 2,000 banknotes. Members of the public, are therefore, encouraged to avail this facility at their convenience within the allotted time.
- What will happen if a bank refuses to exchange/accept deposit of the Rs 2,000 banknote?
For redressal of grievance in case of deficiency of service, the complainant/aggrieved customer may first approach the concerned bank. If the bank does not respond within a period of 30 days after the lodging of the complaint or if the complainant is not satisfied with the response/resolution, the complainant can lodge the complaint under the Reserve Bank — Integrated Ombudsman Scheme (RB-IOS), 2021, on the Complaint Management System portal of RBI.(cms.rbi.org.in)