Date : Jun 25, 2015

The Reserve Bank of India has extended the date for the public to exchange their pre-2005 banknotes till December 31, 2015. It had, in December 2014, set the last date for public to exchange these notes as June 30, 2015.

Soliciting cooperation from members of public in withdrawing these banknotes from circulation, the Reserve Bank of India has urged them to deposit the old design notes in their bank accounts or exchange them at a bank branch convenient to them. The Reserve Bank has stated that the notes can be exchanged for their full value. It has also clarified that all such notes continue to remain legal tender.

Explaining the move, the Reserve Bank said that the banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi series have now been in circulation for a decade. A majority of the old banknotes have been withdrawn through bank branches. It has, therefore, decided to withdraw the remaining old design notes from circulation. Not having currency notes in multiple series in circulation at the same time is a standard international practice, the Reserve Bank has pointed out.

The Reserve Bank will continue to monitor and review the process so that the public is not inconvenienced in any manner.

Alpana Killawala
Principal Chief General Manager

Press Release : 2014-2015/2751

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RBI/2014-15/650
DCM(Plg) No.G-15/5486/10.27.00/2014-15

June 26, 2015

The Chairman / Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer
All Scheduled Commercial Banks
Primary (Urban) Co-operative Banks/RRBs

Dear Sir /Madam

Withdrawal of all old series of Banknotes issued prior to 2005

Please refer to our circular DCM (Plg) No. G-19/3880/10.27.00/2013-14 dated March 03, 2014, DCM (Plg) No. G-8/3004/10.27.00/2014-15 dated December 31, 2014 and the Press Release dated December 23, 2014 on the captioned subject.

2. On a review of the matter, it has been decided to extend the date for exchanging the pre-2005 banknotes to December 31, 2015. These instructions have been included in a Press Release dated June 25, 2015 (above).

3. You are advised to facilitate the exchange of such notes for full value without causing any inconvenience to the public, whatsoever. These notes will retain their legal tender status and the public can continue to use these for any transaction/ payment.

4. Suitable instructions may be issued to all your branches to provide exchange facilities to members of public and to stop re-issue of the pre- 2005 series banknotes. In this regard, you may please refer to the list of dos and don’ts enclosed with our circular dated March 03, 2014. Please also ensure that such notes are not dispensed through the ATMs/ over your counters. The methodology to be followed for dealing with the Pre-2005 series banknotes contained in Para 3 of our circular DCM (Plg) No. G-17/3231/10.27.00/2013-14 dated January 23, 2014 remains unchanged.

5. Please acknowledge receipt.

Yours faithfully

(M K Mall)
General Manager-in-Charge

Encl: 1 sheet

DOs

  1. Banks should sensitize the members of public that the pre-2005 notes would continue to be legal tender. Banks should endeavour to organize note exchange melas in semi-urban/rural areas.
  2. All denominations of banknotes issued prior to 2005 series have to be exchanged.
  3. These notes must be freely accepted and exchanged by all bank branches from all members of public, whether customers or non-customers.
  4. The process of exchange at bank branches should be started forthwith and undertaken as per the convenience of members of public.
  5. The exchange of notes should be done free of cost.
  6. The value of such notes may be credited in customers’ account, if desired.
  7. The value of such notes payable shall be in terms of the RBI, Note Refund Rules, 2009.

DON’T

  1. Banks should not place any restriction on the number of banknotes to be exchanged by a member of the public.
  2. Banks should not issue pre-2005 series notes over the counter or through ATMs.
  3. Currency chest branches should not refuse pre -2005 banknotes from their linked branches.

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