RBI May Stop Printing Rs 2000 Notes: SBI Report

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New Delhi: A part of the ₹2,000 denomination currency notes printed so far is possibly being held back by the RBI, a recent report from State Bank of India published. The high-value note was introduced for the first time last year after the withdrawal of ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may either be holding back Rs 2,000 notes or could have stopped printing high denomination currency, says a SBI Research report.

The report, authored by the bank’s chief economist, Soumya Kanti Ghosh, cited data submitted by Finance Ministry to the Lok Sabha which said the value of ₹2,000 notes were ₹7,308 billion as on December 8, while the value of small denomination currency in circulation up to March 2017 was ₹3,501 billion, according to RBI’s annual report.

As per the information given by the Ministry, the RBI has printed 16,957 million pieces of ₹500 notes and 3,654 million pieces of ₹2,000 notes as on December 8. The total value of such notes translates to ₹15,787 billion.

“This implies that the value of high denomination notes was equivalent to ₹13,324 billion as on December 8 after we net out the small denomination notes from the currency in circulation on December 8. This means that the residual amount of high-value currency notes of ₹2,463 billion may have been printed by the RBI but not supplied in the market,” the report said.

Mr. Ghosh said that as the ₹2,000 denomination led to challenges in transactions, it ‘seemed that RBI may have either consciously stopped printing’ these notes ‘or is printing them in smaller numbers after the initial print run to normalise the liquidity situation’.

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