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Rs 12.4 lakh crore of old notes deposited in banks till Dec 10

RBI Deputy Governor R Gandhi's remarks come at an impromptu press meet


Anup Roy  |  Mumbai 

A bank employee fills a form after counting stacks of old 1,000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu (Photo: Reuters)

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor R Gandhi on Tuesday said Rs 12.4 lakh crore of old notes scrapped have been deposited in banks till December 10. The remarks came during an impromptu press meet with news agencies Doordarshan, PTI and ANI. The deposit mobilisation started on November 10, when the banks opened after announcement on November 8 night.

RBI Deputy Governor S S Mundra, who was also present in the meeting, said the central bank has suspended an employee in Bengaluru, who was arrested on Tuesday on charges of colluding with bank officials in changing notes.

The employee was a “junior functionary” of the central bank and investigating agency reported that “he was recorded to be present in a bank branch where some suspected transaction was happening,” Mundra said.

An investigation is on, Mundra added.

“We have issued elaborate instructions to all banks to do the central data checking and whenever they find any inconsistency, it should be pursued further through their internal audit mechanism,” Mundra said, adding, RBI supervisors are also carrying out similar exercise on the various data points of banks and “whenever any untoward transactions or action is noticed, investigation would be done and due action would be pursued.”

“RBI is also coordinating and collaborating with probe agencies when they flag details of suspicious transactions noticed by them,” Mundra said.

Banks have issued Rs 4.61 lakh crore to public since November 8-9 through automated teller machines and bank counters, of which 20.1 billion pieces belong to the small denomination of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 and Rs 100. The rest, 1.7 billion notes have been issued in the Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 denomination, Gandhi said.

Public are requested to freely use notes they have rather than holding them, said Gandhi. RBI has issued 21.8 billion pieces of banknotes of various denominations since demonetisation, Gandhi added.

RBI, Deputy Governor, S S Mundra
Mundra said banking industry has done a good job in the drive, but there will always be elements who would engage in unscrupulous activities. The central bank and banks are working with investigative agencies to find out any irregularities, while the deputy governor emphasised on the ‘whistleblower’ initiatives of banks and RBI to expose any wrongdoing.

Gandhi said RBI has been printing “more and more” notes to ease the cash crunch but he did not give an update on the figure.

The duo did not take questions from the waiting media.

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First Published: Wed, December 14 2016. 02:08 IST