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Exchange Stopped, Can Use Old Rs 500 Notes For Essential Services till Dec 15

By: Ashish Mehrishi

Edited By: Nakshab Khan

News18.com

Last Updated: November 25, 2016, 09:14 IST

File Photo of old currency notes. (Photo: AP)

File Photo of old currency notes. (Photo: AP)

Toll payment at toll plazas may be made through old Rs 500 notes up till Dec 15. Foreign citizens will be permitted to exchange foreign currency up to Rs 5000 per week. Necessary entry to this effect will be made in their passports.

Over the counter exchange of old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 has been stopped with effect from Thursday midnight in light of “a declining trend” while the deadline to use these notes for essential services has been extended to December 15.

A finance ministry release issued in this regard late Thursday evening also said the scrapped currency notes can be used now to avail a range of new services. These include payment of school fees up to Rs 2,000 per student in Central Government, State Government, Municipality and local body schools; fee at Central or State Government colleges; pre-paid mobile top-up to a limit of Rs. 500 per top-up while purchases from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to Rs. 5000 at a time.

Current payments and arrears for utilities using the old notes will be limited to only water and electricity. This facility will continue to be available only for individuals and households.

Toll payment at toll plazas may be made through old Rs 500 notes up till Dec 15. Foreign citizens will be permitted to exchange foreign currency up to Rs 5000 per week. Necessary entry to this effect will be made in their passports.

Meanwhile, reacting to the Centre's new measures on currency ban, senior Congress leader Raj Babbar said that the government has prepared the nation for another anarchy.

"May be they are taking revenge from the people of the nation," he added.

Here in brief are the important decisions by the Centre

* Over the counter currency exchange for old notes stopped

* Current currency exemptions on essential items extended till December 15

* Only old Rs 500 notes for transactions under all the exempted categories

* Prepaid mobile top up limited to Rs 500

* Purchase of Consumer Cooperative Stores limited to Rs. 5000

* Payment of School Fees Upto Rs 2000 allowed in all govt schools -- central, state, municipal and other local bodies

first published:November 24, 2016, 20:17 IST
last updated:November 25, 2016, 09:14 IST