Demonetisation: How govt rules changed as chaos increased
Faced with rising public grievance over demonetisation, the government has announced, changed and updated rules and regulations for use and exchange of old notes, leaving everyone confused.
It is day 17, after Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were banned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise move. And here is the list of the ever-changing rules:
November 8: Government announced that old notes worth Rs 4000 can be exchanged at banks.
November 13: Cash exchange limit over the counter increased to Rs 4500.
November 17: Limit reduced to Rs 2000.
November 24: Old notes cannot be exchanged at banks. Only foreigners allowed to exchange currency up to Rs 5000 per week.
November 8: Government limits ATM withdrawals at Rs 2000.
November 8: Withdrawal limit from banks fixed at Rs 20,000 for a week and a daily limit at Rs 10000.
November 13: Cash withdrawal limit at ATMs increased to Rs 2500 per day in the recalibrated ATMs.
November 13: The weekly limit for withdrawal from bank accounts increased to Rs 24,000, the daily limit is removed.
Use of Old Notes:
November 8: Old notes to be accepted at government hospitals, fuel stations, airports and railways.
November 9: Old notes to be accepted even at metro stations, ASI monuments, toll plazas and medicine shops.
November 10: Government announced that now- defunct currency notes of 500 and 1000 will be accepted for making payments towards fees, charges, taxes and penalties payable to the central and state governments including municipal and local bodies, and other utility charges like water and electricity.
November 14: Government extends existing exemptions for acceptance of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes up to 24 November, 2016 midnight.
November 24: Old notes of Rs 1000 cannot be used. Government allows use of Rs 500 to pay for fuel, mobile recharges, water and power bills. Government-run school and college fees can also be paid with old notes of Rs 500.
Exceptions for Farmers:
November 17: Farmers allowed to withdraw up to Rs. 25000 per week to ensure proper sowing of Rabi crops. Agriculture traders allowed to withdraw Rs 50000 to facilitate smooth operation of mandis.
Exceptions for Weddings:
November 17: Families allowed to withdraw up to Rs 2,50,000 from their own bank accounts, in case of a wedding.