Stella Dimoko India Scraps 500 And 1,000 Rupee Bank Notes To Eradicate Black Money.


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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

India Scraps 500 And 1,000 Rupee Bank Notes To Eradicate Black Money.

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says "honest people" have no need to worry about a decision to scrap 1,000 and 500 rupee notes.

According to Mr Jaitley said the move would flush out tax evaders, adding that all old notes deposited in banks would be subjected to tax laws.

The surprise move, announced on Tuesday evening, is part of a crackdown on corruption and illegal cash holdings.

The announcement was met with shock in India.

Media described the move variously as a "surgical strike" on tax evaders in the country's overwhelmingly cash-based economy and a "big bang note". The banknotes declared illegal tender represent 85% of cash in circulation in India.

Mr Jaitley said that the move would also help India move towards a cashless economy, saying that farmers could "now keep their money in banks".

He added that new 2,000 (about $30; £15) and 500 rupee denomination notes to replace those removed from circulation would be injected into the economy over the next "three to four weeks".

On Tuesday there were long queues at ATMs as people tried to withdraw 100 rupee notes, which are still legal.

Banks and ATM machines were shut on Wednesday.

The most affected are likely to be small traders, vendors and labourers but newspapers were quick to point out that India's wedding season, due to start in a few days, will also be hit hard.

"Black money and corruption are the biggest obstacles in eradicating poverty," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation on Tuesday evening.

He said the move would "cause some hardship" but asked people to "ignore" it, calling the step a "celebration of honesty".

People will be able to exchange their old notes for new ones at banks over the next 50 days but they stopped being legal tender at midnight on Tuesday. There are also going to be limits on cash withdrawals from ATMs starting on Thursday.

The move is designed to lock out money that is unaccounted for - known as "black money" - which may have been acquired corruptly, or be being withheld from the tax authorities.

Finance Secretary Shaktikant Das warned people with large amounts of hidden cash that banks would closely monitor the exchange of old notes for new ones.


  1. I don't understand!😉
    Somebody please explain

  2. Indians and cash, here in the uk they mostly like to collect cash in their stores so they can dodge tax...very corrupt people

  3. Na wa o
    Action man

  4. I can imagine Nigeria scraping 1000 and 500 naira notes.. Lol
    We'd go back to the days of 200 naira being the highest
    God forbid..

  5. This is a nice move but as a new policy, it'll be difficult for the citizens to accept it and go with the flow.....change is everywhere even in India

  6. u takeaway 500, 1000 notes and bring 2000 notes for wat nah?????

    1. Mesef, I yam not understanding

    2. Its means those who keep black or illegal money at home in these high denominations wud be forced to change them for new ones. So it can be taxed properly.

  7. Whatever that means I don't know

  8. Great move, i hope Niger learns

  9. Good for them!...
    An average indian man don't keep his money in the bank!...
    Most of them behaves like aboki including the educated ones...

  10. Biko, is Buhari in dat country??


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