A small mark of indelible ink will be applied on the right hand index finger of those exchanging currency notes to prevent multiple cash withdrawals, economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das has said.
The government is struggling to deal with the deluge of people lined up to exchange or deposit cash after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a surprise recall of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes last week.
“Ideally, the ink mark should have been put on the left hand as is done when a person casts his vote. With by-elections due in some states, an ink mark for exchange or withdrawal of currency note on the left hand will lead to unnecessary difficulties,” Das said.
Banks in major cities will start marking note exchangers with the ink from Wednesday.
Twitter folk had varied opinion on the issue:
Desperate attempt to start a 'black mechanism' with indelible ink shows this govt distrusts the common people... 1/2 #DeMonetisation— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 15 November 2016
From 'Incredible India' to 'Indelible Ink', BJP keeps changing it's colors!— punjAAP !! (@AapKiQasam) 15 November 2016
Incredible Chameleons Indeed!
Indelible ink for Rs-4000! Means u can't cash for weeks thereafter? This is currency rationing. Tughlaqi states do this, not Kautilyan ones— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) 15 November 2016
Its like the teacher couldn't figure out who among his 10 students threw the piece of chalk on him so he punishes everyone. #IndelibleInk— EleE (@yeh_kya) 15 November 2016
Indelible Ink is used in elections to prevent voter fraud. But ink to exchange my hard earned money? We are not all frauds. Inexplicable.— Zakka Jacob (@Zakka_Jacob) 15 November 2016
Indelible ink to withdraw your own money from a bank!!! Insanity or a typical gem from the mind of an Indian babu!— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) 15 November 2016
Before you outrage, the indelible ink is only for cash EXCHANGE. Withdrawing and depositing in your account do not come under this new rule— St_Hill (@St_Hill) 15 November 2016