Demonetisation: Govt rushes teams to speed up printing of notes

The presses are now working 24x7 and the staff has been promised financial incentives to get them to work extra hours and also give up on their holidays.

Written by Maneesh Chhibber | New Delhi | Updated: November 24, 2016 8:04 am
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With the opposition keeping up the heat on the government over continuing queues outside banks and ATMs for new currency notes, the Centre has rushed teams headed by senior officers to Nashik (Maharashtra) and Dewas (Madhya Pradesh) — the two locations where new currency notes are printed to personally oversee speeding up of the process of printing and distribution of new notes.

The presses are now working 24×7 and the staff has been promised financial incentives to get them to work extra hours and also give up on their holidays.

Sources told The Indian Express that the government has also asked the RBI, which also prints new notes at its Mysuru (Karnataka) and Salboni (West Bengal) security presses, to speed up the process. While 65 per cent of the currency is printed at the RBI units, the rest is printed at government presses.

The teams, comprising senior functionaries of the Union Finance Ministry, are also working with various other agencies, including the Indian Air Force and commercial airlines, to ensure seamless airlifting of currency to various parts of the country.

With sowing season already on, the focus is on supplying currency to rural areas. Since scarcity of Rs 500, reintroduced with a new design, and Rs 100 notes is causing problems to those who have received Rs 2,000 notes, the focus is now shifting to these denominations.

“It has come to our notice that people holding Rs 2,000 notes are facing inconvenience in getting businessmen and shopkeepers to accept these notes due to shortage of smaller currency. We are now focussing on the smaller denominations. Also, since the sowing season has started, we are going to focus more on ensuring supply of notes in rural areas,” said a source.

The RBI presses, which are currently printing only Rs 2,000 notes, are also expected to begin printing Rs 500 denomination notes by early December, for which new machines are also being installed. The RBI has been asked to ensure adequate supply of the high-security paper on which the currency notes are printed.

While admitting that there were “some issues” with the supply, sources said the government expected the situation to return to “near-normal” by December-end. “There were some logistic issues which have mostly been sorted out,” said a source.

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First Published on: November 24, 2016 1:48 am
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    ashok s
    Nov 24, 2016 at 12:27 am
    Government should focus on 50 100 notes not 2000 . as bigger the note more facilities to cronies.
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      ashok s
      Nov 24, 2016 at 1:38 am
      Printing notes fastly and vastly signifies that govt wants help builders, jewellers ,which ate more important that common man to them . then why this dramabazi of demonetization
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        ashok s
        Nov 24, 2016 at 4:18 am
        To print fast and money back in circulation is like helping opposition and cronies to calm down. Ease of doing business , but pain for poor s
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          ashok s
          Nov 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm
          Why rush to print notes now, govt estimated that money is lying idle in homes of house wives which they have saved thru many year s . so why govt needs new float of currency so fastly
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            PN badri
            Nov 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm
            Thuglak administration taking vital decisions without proper home work lead to chaos and currency crunch will continue for another 6months considering festivals /marriages likely to take place till June2016. Right from spiritual tourism to hospitalization expenses etc totally affected due to affected. Tonight government given extension reveals they are consuming what they have vomitted.
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              Tilak Raj
              Nov 24, 2016 at 3:49 am
              These steps should have been thought of before launching demonetization.There is something called prospective planning.Poor execution of a good plan.
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                deo
                Nov 24, 2016 at 3:39 am
                The intent is good but execution is very very poor. Govt, RBI and finance secretary knowing this step should have focused more on floating 100, 50 currencies much sooner. Very poor project planning. It is surprising that RBI presses still printing INR 2000 notes while everyone is crying for change..
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                  Harbans
                  Nov 24, 2016 at 2:33 am
                  Very late now.
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                    H.Balakrishnan
                    Nov 24, 2016 at 4:26 am
                    Sir, " “It has come to our notice that people holding Rs 2,000 notes are facing inconvenience in getting businessmen and shopkeepers to accept these notes due to shortage of smaller currency. We are now focussing on the smaller denominations. Also, since the sowing season has started, we are going to focus more on ensuring supply of notes in rural areas,”. Didn't this BABU foresee this eventuality before lt;br/gt;08 Nov ? Says a lot about our present state of our BABUDOM. Any wonder the Aam Admi suffers.
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                      SATISH
                      Nov 24, 2016 at 3:24 am
                      Demonetization will definately help in the days to come though there is an Inconvenience to the people particularly small business and labour cl. But, this is the first time since independence, we see a Govt taking decisive action as previous corrupt govt was busy filling pockets of its ministers and their relatives. PPL of india should unitedly support this move and provide an helping hand to overcome the issues. The corrupt opposition parties like TMC, AAP, Congress are directionless and dont want to punish their corrupt friends. Hence they are protesting and calling for bundh etc. PPL of india should reject them
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                        jaya
                        Nov 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm
                        Rush and run fast
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                          Jerry
                          Nov 24, 2016 at 4:18 am
                          125 crores curing Modi and BJP day night till he is gone.
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                            Sankaran Krishnan
                            Nov 25, 2016 at 4:08 am
                            It is good to rush up the things because once the month end comes and the first week of December the ried cl will rush to the Banks and ATMs and hope the govt./RBI will tide over the situation and brings it under control and thus make necessary arrangement for easy disposal of money changes from the accounts the people hold in Banks !!!
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                              Big
                              Nov 24, 2016 at 3:02 am
                              Too little, too late. The people are hared and the Govt. (Modi) has lost a great deal of positive cache.
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                                manikantan
                                Nov 24, 2016 at 5:22 am
                                Can you tell me how it is going to help. Modi himself has taken two days break to explain it to the parliamnet
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                                  manikantan
                                  Nov 24, 2016 at 5:21 am
                                  If the intent was good, 280 out of 282 BJP MPs would have ousted him
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                                    surinder
                                    Nov 24, 2016 at 2:17 am
                                    The intent behind printing of new notes in 2000 denomination is confusing . Which ordinary man spends 2000 inretail. Instead govt should have printed only 500 new notes or 200 notes. Only crooks need 2000 notes.
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                                      Muneef
                                      Nov 24, 2016 at 12:39 am
                                      After so many days of hardship the govt has woken up now to print currencies at a faster pace......after so many unwanted death or I should say murder.lt;br/gt;Believe me.....if more than 10 deaths would have been happened in America or any European countries because of this kind of crisis or issue ( dying while standing in queue due to depression,dehydration and many such causes ).... 3 days the Prime Minister or the President of America or any European countries would have gone and face the laws in public court.lt;br/gt;But this is INDIA...My Beloved country.lt;br/gt;INDIA is the Best...but we Indians are stupid and fools.lt;br/gt;Why we voted a person who is uneducated and was having criminal cases filed against him? Because we are haters....we enjoy hating others religions.lt;br/gt;WAKE UP OHHH YOU INDIANS........lt;br/gt;FOR GOD SAKE SAVE OUR COUNTRY FROM THESE HATERS.lt;br/gt;JAI HIND.
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                                        Nandu
                                        Nov 24, 2016 at 1:37 am
                                        It is too late now. Nothing going to work. There is limit for hardship of people. Once they rise it will be over for corrupt and hypocrites in power.
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                                          ng kamath
                                          Nov 24, 2016 at 1:29 am
                                          Why not reissue the 500 rupee notes super embossed with "reissue" or such other nominaclature until the situation comes to normalcy.
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                                            P.R.Koduri
                                            Nov 23, 2016 at 11:58 pm
                                            Ad-hoc and Hindsight. All in all Quite Careless.
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