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Rupee symbol poll invites mixed reaction on Twitter

delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2010 00:47 IST

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Though the Cabinet deferred its decision on finalising the Rupee symbol on Thursday, the news of Indian rupee all set joining the club of other international currencies, has generated enough buzz on social networking site Twitter.

In a public poll by Hindustan Times the readers and Twitter users expressed their opinion with full vigour and enthusiasm.

One of our readers rohit-Beirut@twitter.com said 'I will pick option 2; Very Excited to see final Rupee symbol. Proud to be Indian.'

The government shortlisted five symbols, out of which a symbol reflecting the Hindi alphabet 'R' was expected to be approved.

The Cabinet was to finalise the symbol on Thursday, but the matter was deferred after Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee asked for more time to go through the short-listed signs, sources said.

Reacting on the delay, iamysahraj@twitter.com said 'Good, none of the symbols were that good anyways.'

The government had shortlisted five designs for the rupee from among the symbols suggested to the Ministry of Finance by the public. However, some believed the final decision remained in government's hand. Our reader arvind_joshi@twitter.com said, 'the Rupee symbol must have already been selected by the ministry. Our "Picking" of a Rupee Symbol is a waste of time.'

In the Budget this year, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had said that "in the ensuing year, we intend to formalise a symbol for the Indian rupee, which reflects and captures the Indian ethos and culture."

With this, the rupee will join the select club of currencies, such as the US dollar, British pound sterling, euro and Japanese yen that have a clear distinguishing identity, he had said.