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Another demonetisation? FM mum on question of scrapping of Rs 2,000 notes

Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha asked if the govt was now planning to scrap the Rs 2,000 notes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

The Opposition in on Wednesday asked Finance Minister to clarify whether the government has decided to scrap the newly launched Rs 2,and introduce a Rs 1,000 coin.

However, Jaitley, who was present in the House, did not respond even as the Opposition members insisted for clarification from him on the issue.

Raising a point of order during the Zero Hour, (Samajwadi Party) said: "The government has taken a decision to scrap Rs 2, The (Reserve Bank) has been given order not to print the Rs 2,000 notes... If any policy decision been taken during the Session, the tradition is to announce it in the House."

So far, the has printed 3.2 lakh crore pieces of Rs 2,000 notes. "And now it has stopped printing... cannot bully. One has been done, the second one is being planned. Let the Finance Minister say..," he said.

To this, Deputy chairman said, "that is RBI's action."

Agrawal then said that the earlier decision was taken by the government and not the "The board had opposed it but the government took the decision. The earlier decision (of demonetisation) was taken by the government, the second one is also from the government," he said.

Echoing his views, Leader of Opposition too sought clarification from the government on whether it was planning to introduce Rs 1,000 coins.

"Every day we read about a coin of [Rs] 1,000, 100 and 200. What is the actual status? Are we to go by what media is writing? The House is to be enlightened by the Finance Minister. What is the truth," he asked.

"Are we going to have [a] coin of Rs 1,000. To carry coins, we have to purchase a bag? We must know. Our sisters have the purse. We shall also have to buy [a] purse just to carry the coins of Rs 1,000 (denomination)," he said and added that there was no politics in this issue.

Tiruchi Siva (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) said he cannot dispense with the media reports completely and sought clarification from the government on the issue.

Janata Dal (United) MP said the issue was serious as the rumours are strong, adding that the government should clarify and stop the rumours or else people will start returning Rs 2,000 notes.

First Published: Wed, July 26 2017. 18:12 IST