The Govt. has decided to discontinue the legal tender character of high denomination bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. In other words, such notes will not be a legal tender from midnight of November 8, 2016. This decision is being made to curb financing of terrorism through the proceeds of Fake Indian Currency Notes and for eliminating Black Money. Key takeaways of this decision are given hereunder:
1. You can exchange old high denomination notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 at any of the 19 offices of the RBI or at any of the bank branches or at any Head Post Office or Sub-Post Office from 10th November onward till 30th December, 2016.The RBI will issue two new notes of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 500.
2. You can go to any bank branch with valid identity proof for exchange of notes up to Rs. 4,000. Exchange of currency in excess of Rs. 4,000 (in denomination of Rs. 500 or Rs. 1,000) shall be allowed by way of credit of money into your Bank account only.
3. Withdrawal from ATMs shall be restricted to Rs.2,000 per day per card up to 18th November, 2016. The limit shall be raised to Rs.4,000 per day per card from 19th November, 2016.
4. You can withdraw cash against withdrawal slip or cheque subject to ceiling of Rs. 10,000 in a day within an overall limit of Rs. 20,000 in a week (including withdrawals from ATMs) up to 24th November 2016.
5. There is no restriction on any kind of payments by cheques, demand drafts, mobile wallets or debit or credit cards and electronic fund transfer.
6. The existing notes of Rs 500/1000 can be used till 11th November, 2016 for payment in any government hospitals, to purchase bus tickets at government bus stands, train tickets at railway stations, air tickets at airports, for purchase of milk, consumable goods at Govt. authorized booths, petrol or diesel or for payment at crematoria and burial grounds or to exchange foreign currency by foreign tourists.
7. In case it is not possible for you to visit the branch you may send your representative with an express mandate, i.e. a written authorisation.
8. All ATMs, Cash Deposit Machines, Cash Recycles and any other machine used for receipt and payment of cash shall be shut on 9th and 10th November, 2016.Banks and Government Treasuries will be closed on 9th November, 2016.