Surat Citizen Council Trust Urges RBI to Implement Stringent Measures for Rs 2,000 Note Conversion
The Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) decision to stop issuing Rs 2,000 denomination notes is a major move in the fight against black money, counterfeit currency, and other criminal activity
Surat : In light of the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) recent removal of Rs 2,000 denomination notes, the Surat Citizen Council Trust (SCCT) has voiced its displeasure. The trust wants the RBI to mandate banks to convert or swap these notes only after recording official identity of the involved persons, using documents like Aadhaar cards, PAN cards, voter IDs, and employment records, to prevent fraud and assure the success of the task.
The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to stop issuing Rs 2,000 denomination notes is a major move in the fight against black money, counterfeit currency, and other criminal activity. However, it is essential to close any gaps that would render this approach ineffective.
SCCT is worried that people may use this apparent gap to convert significant sums of Rs 2,000 notes if suitable identification processes are not followed throughout the conversion or exchange process. The Reserve Bank of India has been working to improve the country’s fiscal management, but this might derail its progress.
The trust urges the RBI to mandate all banks to follow a strict protocol to avoid such abuse. Each person trying to swap or convert Rs 2,000 notes should have their identifying information recorded. This includes information from their Aadhaar card, PAN card, voter ID card, and proof of employment. The RBI may protect the initiative’s credibility by taking these steps, which will allow only legal holders of these notes to convert or swap them.
The trust also recommends that, till September, the RBI maintain the daily restriction of Rs 20,000 per individual for conversion or exchange. Avoiding detection by constantly exchanging huge sums of Rs 2,000 notes would help keep the system honest.
“The Surat Citizen Council Trust believes that by mandating banks to record formal identification details and imposing a daily conversion limit, the RBI can strengthen the withdrawal process for Rs 2,000 denomination notes” said Sharad Kapadia, president of SCCT. “These measures will ensure that the initiative remains successful in achieving its intended goals of curbing black money, counterfeit currency, and illegal activities, thereby maintaining the RBI’s reputation for prudent money management.”