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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          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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                    Stonecold
                    Nov 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm
                    Today I am laughing out loud . When I wrote here three days back that the joke is on us there were practically all the comments praising governments decision. But today look how opinions have changed. I don't understand why people are so blind. Why can't they see what's happening . And the best part is everything was so clear and obvious still people couldn't see . 😎
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                      Suresh
                      Nov 13, 2016 at 5:55 pm
                      Van I receive the old cash in my hardware store against goods purchase?
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                        Casb
                        Nov 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                        Collapsing Economy....lt;br/gt;Just to weed out 400 crores of FCN , all the business activities have come to halt.lt;br/gt;i remember few years back , there was one day bandh in bangaluru and govt. predicted Rs. 1 crore lakh loss of economy. especiallly due to stop of money circulation . but this time w of country has come to stand still , just imagine how much loss of economy will be incurred.lt;br/gt;we have lost lakhs and crores of labour hour. man power . production and manufacturing activities. lt;br/gt;it will continue atleast for few more weeks. and then it will take years to recover from the loss.lt;br/gt;one last thing , beside economy loss . it has also caused inconvenience to people and rattled the normal activities of people, causing lot of hardship to common people.lt;br/gt;FCN are in almost every countries. but nowhere like this has happened ever.lt;br/gt;beside this there are many people converting their black money in to white at 10 to 15 % cost. and that will be pure white money then.....lt;br/gt;So will it be anti FCN or it just got Trapped in its web....
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                          sunny
                          Nov 11, 2016 at 6:56 pm
                          no proper planning
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                            alam
                            Nov 11, 2016 at 8:03 pm
                            BHAI SABJI LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RATION LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;AUTO WALE KO DENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BUS KA TICKET LENA HAI.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SAB KA EK HI JAWAB 500 KI NOTE TO LOONGA LEKIN KHULLE NAHIN HAIN BAKI PAISA WAPIS DENE KELIYE....lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;SARKAR IS KA BAND O BAST KAB KAREGI
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                              alam
                              Nov 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm
                              DOES THE INDIAN GOVT KNOWS THAT 65 % INDIANS DOES NOT HAVE BANK ACCOUNT AND 45 % INDIANS HAS NEVER USED POST OFFICE?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THOSE SINCE THEY MOUNT TO BE ALMOST 80 CRORES OF OUR POTION ..........
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                                alam
                                Nov 11, 2016 at 7:57 pm
                                THIS IS REAL SURGICAL STRIKE ON MIDDLE AND POOR CL (80 CRORES) PEOPLE
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                                  Kumar Puri
                                  Nov 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                                  Stupid? How easy it is for you to judge people? Are you everywhere? In my local area, most markets are operating at 10% because there is not enough change and new currency notes. So many of local shops do not use POS debit/credit machines. getting an auto is challenging because either the driver or the penger does not have new currency. Some large stores acceptold 500/1000 but are not willing to give any change back. household staff cant be paid their ries because you dont have new notes/change. the presswala doesnt accept credit cards. the local restaurants dont deliver food at home because they do not have wireless POS machines to charge your card at your doorstep.A friends father in law collapsed while in a bank queue (over 2 hours)because he suffered from hypertensio. I can go on, you stupid person. but then you only came here to comment. no point.
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                                    Anil
                                    Nov 11, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                                    No surprises here, and a welcome decision by the govt. In such a large exercise, i do think there will be a little extensions like this, which is okay.
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                                      Anita agarwal
                                      Nov 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm
                                      Ek sawal our prime minister.....sabke ka check karega.....account ...unka account kaun check karega......and i dont thing that anybody have guds to go against himlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Mein unge against nhn....but poor public jo roz kamage kahte hai...jo ry aane ka wait karte hai....jisko ghar chalana hota hai......uska kya halat hai does he know....kebal mr arun jaietley aur prime minister ko dialogue dena aata hai
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                                        Anita agarwal
                                        Nov 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm
                                        Wel our great minister ye nhn socha ki ek working person kaise jayega in the office hours to deposit...na withdraw kar sakte....baad me jaate hai to no money.....one more thing mein rs 2000/- rupiya kis kisko do...our maid ....ration ....milk supplier...puja flowers.....daily expenses kaise hoga....kaha se aayega change jab ki govt change nhn de sak rahin ...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jab govt ke p change nhn to aam public ke paas kaha se aayega...lt;br/gt;Unko kaha se farq padega wo minister unko sab cheez available ho jaati hai
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                                          Anita agarwal
                                          Nov 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm
                                          Wel sab bakwas hai ....minister ko at least announce karne se pehle us hospital ko suspend ka notice issue karna chaiye jo rupiya nhn le raha.....ya treatment must be done minister take the liabilty of the citizen if he really concern about citizen
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                                            avd
                                            Nov 11, 2016 at 7:36 pm
                                            Modi Govt must know that those in ques are honest People and have no black money as such it must see that they are not to be put in hardship of any type.Make all ATMs available with new Currencies.Further it must be seen that black moneys are not made in white by crook Methods.It is a national duty of Jewelry Shops not to sell gold with old currencies if they have respect towards our motherland.It govt must watch their activties of such Jewelry Shops.
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