Govt extends use of old Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes to pay utility bills by another 72 hrs

There were no signs of immediate relief even as several cash strapped people were asked to go back after bank servers at several branches reportedly collapsed while several ATMs went dry in a few hours.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2016 8:13 pm
Demonetisation, Utility bills, Demonetisation utility bills, Public utility bills include only household bills.

In a move to assuage frayed nerves, the Central government on Friday extended the use of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes for paying public utility bills such as electricity bills, property taxes, and water bills by another 72 hours. While withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from the night of November 8-9, the government had allowed use of the old currency at government hospitals, railway ticketing, public transport, airline ticketing at airports, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds and petrol pumps for 72 hours. This list was later expanded to include payments for metro rail tickets, highway and road toll, purchase of medicines on doctor prescription from the government and private pharmacies, LPG gas cylinders, railway catering, electricity and water bills and ASI monument entry tickets.

Nearly three days after the government announced its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in a bid to curb black money, the sudden move has left the nation crippled.

Even though the RBI announced that new notes will be pumped into banks by November 10, there were no signs of immediate relief even as several cash strapped people were asked to go back after bank servers at several branches reportedly collapsed while several ATMs went dry in a few hours.

Public utility bills include only household bills. Court fee will also be allowed to be paid in old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes. Old Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes will be accepted for payment of fees, charges, taxes, penalty to central and state governments, including municipalities and local bodies. Such old notes will also be accepted for payment of
utility charges like water and electricity. The official said while the old notes were allowed to be accepted for highway toll payment, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has freed national highways of any toll charges till November 14.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Nishant
    Nov 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm
    @ Stonecold:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All the comments praising decisions were made by devotees of MODI, widely called as Bhakts. Those devotees are born brainless and therefore cannot see logic. Even if they show traces of existence of brain, their logic would be against humanism. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why? lt;br/gt; BECAUSE BRAHMINS ARE ALIENS, NOT JUST TO SOUTH ASIA BUT TO TH EARTH.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A brahmin living in Karnataka despises Kannadigas, because a Brahmin's mother tongue is Sanskrit, though he may be having many FATHER TONGUES.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;You can extend that for every linguistic state.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So basically every brahmin ALIEN despises every South Asian. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;With that in mind he sees everything that is human as weird for him. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That is why when a brahmin sees a human eating through his mouth he feels uneasy because he has been using his mouth only for foul mouthing.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;That is why when he sees humans using their brain for rational thoughts, a brahmin feels very uncomfortable because brahmins have been using their brain only for deable(by human standards) criminal thoughts. So he cannot ever see human logic.
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      Jeevan
      Nov 11, 2016 at 7:40 pm
      current government is giving all indian middle cl and the poor an advance training to live with out cash as they know that this is going to be the condition of the nation by 2019
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        MyTake
        Nov 11, 2016 at 6:50 pm
        Next surgical strike could be nationalizing unaccounted wealth lying beyond India's borders!
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        1. M
          MyTake
          Nov 11, 2016 at 9:10 pm
          Root cause of corruption can be traced back to licence raj!
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            MyTake
            Nov 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm
            Why can't the Govt. give the form on internet or from local Govt. offices. Let people fill it up and email/fax/handover it to their local Govt. office then wait for their turn to be called for exchange? Once the form is lodged they should not be losing their place in the que even if they are made to wait beyond the nominated time for the exchange! Many people will find it unnecessary to come and stand in the que but could afford to wait longer, making way for those who want to do it quicker!
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              MyTake
              Nov 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm
              [Nearly three days after the government announced its decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in a bid to curb black money, the sudden move has left the nation crippled]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Nation crippled? IE obviously is on the side of the crooks!
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                Hitler
                Nov 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm
                Prateik wait for some time .....worst is yet to come...he is not an like Rahul n other politician's ,he is Modi....
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                  Prateik
                  Nov 11, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                  All those who got black money had invested them in gold led certificates. They are not STUPIDS to store billions in cash. SCOUNDREL MODI is on to something very very big and diabolic.
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