“When RBI has not completed counting, where did the Prime Minister get this figure of Rs 3 lakh crore from? How is the Prime Minister saying that more than Rs 1.75 lakh crore black money has come into the banking system?” said Gulam Nabi Azad.
PM Modi, in his speech, said the hidden black money has been brought into the formal economy through demonetisation. He said more than Rs 1.75 lakh crore deposited in the banks is under the scanner and black money worth Rs 2 lakh crore “had to be deposited in the banks”.
In nominal terms, it said, the excess deposits accrued to the banking system due to demonetisation are estimated in the range of Rs 2.8-4.3 lakh crore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 had announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
Chidambaram’s remarks came as the amount of dividend revealed by RBI was less than half of the dividend transferred by RBI to the government a year earlier.
The Congress added that it was important to note that the currency notes were not counterfeit since they were all printed under the aegis of RBI and the Ministry of Finance, incorporating most of the security features published on the official website of RBI.
In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said specific banknotes received are to be reconciled to obviate reporting errors and processed for numerical accuracy and authenticity through machines.
“There was no reduction in deposits and advances after the ban of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 7 last. The deposits stood at Rs 1.50 lakh crore,” Kerala Minister for Co-operation Kadakampally Surendran said.
“As per reports of agencies, the demonetisation of bank notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations resulted in significant positive impact on most theatres of violence in the country including stone-pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir,” Ahir said in reply to a question.
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Opposition in the Rajya Sabha today sought to know why the Reserve Bank of India has not yet provided the number of demonetised 500 and 1000 rupee notes returned in the banking system, even after nine months of the note ban decision.
The 125 crore people of the country knew that soft decisions in economic policies aimed at winning polls would not do the country any good, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported to have said during a meeting with a group of Rajasthan MPs.
Police has seized banned notes worth Rs 18.60 lakh from Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and a case has been lodged. The old Rs 500 and 1000 notes were demonetised in November last year and new Rs 500 and 2000 notes were introduced.
This means at least an additional amount of 1.6 per cent/Rs 25,000 crore of excess currency may be currently lying in ATMs and herein lies the importance of new Rs 200 notes which could serve as the “missing middle” it said.