‘Incredible to indelible India’: Twitter on move to check multiple withdrawals

Updated on Nov 16, 2016 09:33 AM IST
The ink manufactured at the Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd - the firm that has supplied indelible ink to the Election Commission since 1962 to mark voters, will be made available to banks and post offices from today.(AP Photo)
The ink manufactured at the Mysore Paints and Varnish Ltd - the firm that has supplied indelible ink to the Election Commission since 1962 to mark voters, will be made available to banks and post offices from today.(AP Photo)
Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent, New Delhi

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:

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