September 29, 2023: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a clear and final reminder that the Rs 2,000 denomination banknote will lose its monetary value after tomorrow, rendering it a mere piece of paper. The central bank has taken this opportunity to emphasize that if individuals fail to exchange their Rs 2,000 notes at any banking institution, they will become worthless.
The RBI had initially set September 30, 2023, as the deadline for the purpose of expeditiously completing this exchange process and to afford the public ample time to take the necessary actions.
In a recent update, the RBI revealed that approximately 93 percent of the Rs 2,000 banknotes have been successfully reintegrated into the banking system since the central bank’s decision in May to withdraw this high-value currency note from circulation.
Individuals were directed to either exchange or deposit their Rs 2,000 notes at bank branches and regional branches of the RBI. Even non-account holders were permitted to exchange Rs 2,000 banknotes, up to a limit of Rs 20,000 at a time, at any bank branch.
On May 19, the RBI had made the pivotal decision to withdraw the Rs 2,000 denomination banknotes from active circulation, although it would still retain its legal tender status. Nevertheless, the RBI had promptly advised banks to discontinue the issuance of these banknotes.
The introduction of the Rs 2,000 denomination banknote in November 2016 was primarily aimed at swiftly addressing the economy’s currency requirements following the withdrawal of legal tender status for all Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes in circulation at the time. Once banknotes in other denominations became readily available in sufficient quantities, the objective behind the issuance of Rs 2,000 banknotes was deemed fulfilled. Consequently, the printing of Rs 2,000 banknotes was discontinued during the fiscal year 2018-19.
This impending deadline serves as a final call for anyone in possession of the now-obsolete Rs 2,000 notes to ensure their timely exchange to avoid financial loss.