Don’t worry, cash withdrawal restrictions will ease

TIL Desk Business/ New Delhi/ Cash withdrawal restrictions will be eased once the supply of new, hard-to-fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes improves and a stockpile of lower denomination notes is created, the government said today.

A day after it withdrew high-denomination bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the country’s biggest crackdown against black money and corruption, the government said a lot of money lying unused will come into the formal economy that can be used for economic development of the country.

“There would be some short-term effect on the level of activity in the economy but once the supply of new currency notes is sufficient, then markets should stabilise and even the level of activity should go up,” Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia told.

The currency notes withdrawn have to be deposited in banks by December 30 and smaller denomination notes can be withdrawn with certain restrictions – Rs 10,000 from a bank account in a day and Rs 20,000 in a week and Rs 2,000 a day from ATMs. “Initially, there will be restrictions on withdrawal, but as the supplies of new Rs 2,000 and 500 notes improve there would be relaxation given as early as possible. So over a period, people should get some relief,” Adhia said.

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