WhatsApp has been abuzz with rumours suggesting that the Centre’s Narendra Modi government was planning to break open your lockers in the presence of Income Tax authorities. However, the central government has denied the rumours. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has denied any move to digitise personal lockers in banks, calling it ‘completely factually incorrect.’
“Completely factually incorrect. There is no such proposal,” he told CNBC TV18 on rumours going around on social media that the government may next digitise bank lockers which would be opened in presence of revenue officials.
The viral WhatsApp message said, “Guys bank lockers to be sealed today by 12:00 night, will open in front of revenue officer with videography, anybody having more than 600 GMs of gold, please empty immediately. This news is 99% confirmed.
The rumour has been floating ever since the government withdrew high denomination currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the nation’s biggest crackdown on black money and corruption.
There was similar rumour post PM Narendra Modi’s announcement on demonetisation whereby it was reported that the new Rs 2000 notes will have nano GPS chip allowing government agencies to track the currency even if it’s buried under 120 meters.
(With inputs from PTI)