As if the shortage of new currency coupled with severe restrictions on withdrawal of money did not cause enough anxiety, reports of half-printed new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes have only compounded the existing woes of ordinary citizens.
Photos of half printed Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes are now going viral on Twitter.
User Sudhir Shandilya tweeted the following photo of Rs 500 notes that he claimed he had withdrawn from an HDFC bank ATM. In the photo, the new Rs 500 notes (below) appear only half-printed with key details of the currency being erased.
— Sudhir Shandilya (@iamshandilya) November 19, 2016
Another user Sharifur Rahman tweeted claiming his newly dispensed Rs 2,000 notes too were only half-printed.
— Sharifur Rahman (@IamSharifur) November 19, 2016
Janta Ka Reporter made several attempts to reach out to Reserve Bank of India for clarification on whether new currency is indeed being printed with printed with plenty of missing details.
The central government has made several controversial decisions with regards to withdrawal of money and exchange of old currency at banks across the country since the announcement of demonetisation on 8 November. This, according to analysts, was because the haste in which the government made demonetisation announcement, thereby lacking any considerable planning on implementation.
On Friday, the government made yet another contradictory announcement on demonetisation by closing the bank for operations on Sunday while allowing only senior citizens to banks on Saturday (today).
Narendra Modi government has already reduced an individual’s ability to exchange old currency with new from Rs 4,500 to Rs 2,000 only once till 30 December.
The government on Friday also announced concessions for those, who had weddings planned, by allowing them to withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh. But several families complained of banks not adhering to the new directive.