No plans to scrap Rs 2000 currency notes: Govt

05 April, New Delhi

The government while dismissing speculations of scrapping of Rs 2000 notes today said complete copying of Rs 500, 2000 and other currency notes was impossible.

To a supplementary during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said the House discusses serious matters and it should not pay attention to rumours of banning of Rs 2000 currency notes.

The Minister said the Reserve Bank of India and other agencies have been conducting awareness campaigns for the public so that they could identify fake notes.He said the new currency notes had several security features which cannot be copied completely.

Rijiju said the fake notes so far seized were of very low quality and were easily identifiable.He said post demonetisation, maximum fake new currency notes have been seized from the border states of West Bengal and Gujarat.

Moreover, police of the border states of the country have seized 4,894 fake currency notes of Rs 2000 and 12,956 notes of fake Rs 500 denominator amounting to the total of Rs 1,62,66,000.He also said that all the cases were under investigation.

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