The new hard-to-fake Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes will be available at bank ATMs when they start operating again from Friday, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said.
“There are going to be some difficulties which they (people) will face but for their convenience, a number of steps have been taken by the government, there are facilities to withdraw money from ATM and exchange currency at banks, withdraw money from accounts,” he said on government withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from circulation to crack down on black money and counterfeit currency. People, he said, do understand the objective behind the move. “And I’m sure they will cooperate in dealing with the difficulties and inconvenience that they might face. And eventually things will settle down.”
Lavasa said people need money for transaction so for replacement that currency is being introduced.
“RBI will very strictly monitor it,” he said. “For doing any transaction there are different ways, government’s intention is to move towards cash less transaction.” The ATMs will open on Friday, he said adding new notes will be available at ATMs.