The government has further tightened the demonetisation policy by announcing the suspension of over-the-counter exchange of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes from 25 November.
The Ministry of Finance has made the following decision:1. It has been observed that over the counter exchange of the old currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination has shown a declining trend. It has further been felt that people may be encouraged and facilitated to deposit their old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes in their bank accounts. This will encourage people who are still unbanked, to open new bank accounts. Consequently, there will be no over the counter exchange of old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes after midnight of 24 November.
2. Government had also permitted various exemptions for certain transactions and activities wherein payment could be made through old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. It has been decided that all these exemptions, with the additions and modifications as detailed below, may be continued for a further period from the midnight of 24 November up to and inclusive of 15 December.
- Payments for the transactions under all the exempted categories will now be accepted only through old Rs. 500 notes.
- Payment of School fees up to Rs. 2000 per student in Central Government, State Government, Municipality and local body schools.
- Payment of fees in Central or State Government colleges.
- Payments towards pre-paid mobile top-up to a limit of Rs. 500 per top-up.
- Purchase from Consumer Cooperative Stores will be limited to Rs. 5000 at a time.
- Payment of current and arrear dues to utilities will be limited to only water and electricity. This facility will continue to be available only for individuals and households.
- Considering that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have continued the toll free arrangement at the toll plazas up to 2.12.2016, it has been decided that toll payment at these toll plazas may be made through old Rs. 500 notes from 3.12.2016 to 15.12.2016
- Foreign citizens will be permitted to exchange foreign currency up to Rs. 5,000 per week. Necessary entry to this effect will be made in their passports. (Necessary instructions in this regard will be issued by the RBI.)