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Focus on printing Rs 500 notes stepped up: Shaktikanta Das

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Talking about the fake currency in the market, Das said that possibility of counterfeiting new 500 and 2000 notes is very, very less.

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New Delhi, 15 Dec 2016 : Shaktikanta Das Economic Affairs Secretary said that the currency printing presses have stepped up the printing of Rs 500 notes to ease the liquidity pressure after the government declared old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal. He said with more new Rs 500 notes coming into the system, Rs 2,000 notes circulation would also increase.

Speaking at a press conference, he said that for the first time, all the security features of the new Rs 2,000 are designed in-house, and the possibility of counterfeiting new 500 and 2000 notes is very less.

He also said that the banks preferred to supply cash via branches to their own customers than through ATMs. This may partly explain the long queues in front of ATMs.

The government and banks are working in close coordination with the district officials to distribute the cash equitably, he said. Also, the airlifting of cash is being continued wherever required.

In the past weeks, government agencies have been conducting raids and seizing unaccounted cash and crores of rupees in new notes. Shaktikanta Das said these were not random searches but based on specific inputs. “The ED and other government agencies have tightened the surveillance based on the specific inputs from data mining.”

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Emphasising the government is doing everything to increased the cash supply, he said that Rs 80,000 crore rupees of Rs 100 notes has been supplied after November 8. Before demonetisation, the value of Rs 100 notes was Rs 1.6 lakh crore. He added that since demonetisation was announced, RBI had supplied three times the number of smaller denomination notes (Rs 100 and below) that it usually supplied in one year.

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A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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