RBI Reports: Over Rs 9,000 Crore in Rs 2,000 Notes Still with Public

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently made a significant announcement regarding the Rs 2,000 banknotes. Here’s a detailed article on the subject, based on information from various sources:

RBI’s Report on Rs 2,000 Banknotes


  • Date of Announcement: December 1, 2023
  • Statistical Insight: Approximately 97.26% of Rs 2,000 banknotes have been returned to the banking system. This leaves about Rs 9,760 crore worth of these notes still with the public​​​​.

Circulation and Withdrawal

  • Initial Circulation: The total value of Rs 2,000 banknotes in circulation was Rs 3.56 lakh crore as of May 19, 2023​​​​.
  • Post-Withdrawal Scenario: As of November 30, 2023, this value has declined to Rs 9,760 crore​​.
  • Reason for Withdrawal: The Rs 2,000 banknotes were introduced in November 2016 following the demonetization of the then-existing Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 banknotes​​.

Legal Tender and Exchange Process

  • Legal Status: Despite the withdrawal, Rs 2,000 banknotes continue to be legal tender​​.
  • Exchange and Deposit Options:
    • RBI Offices: People can deposit and/or exchange these notes at 19 designated RBI offices across India​​.
    • Via India Post: Sending Rs 2,000 banknotes through India Post to any RBI Issue Offices for crediting to their bank accounts is also an option​​.
  • Deadlines and Services:
    • Initial Deadline: The public and entities holding such notes were initially asked to exchange or deposit them by September 30, which was later extended to October 7, 2023​​.
    • Discontinuation of Services: Deposit and exchange services at bank branches were discontinued on October 7. From October 8, individuals were given the option of either exchanging the currency or having the equivalent sum credited to their bank accounts at the RBI offices​​.

Public Response

  • Current Situation: There are reports of queues at RBI offices during working hours for the exchange/deposit of Rs 2,000 notes​​.
  • Locations: The 19 RBI offices involved in this process are located in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Belapur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kanpur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Patna, and Thiruvananthapuram​​.

The RBI’s decision to withdraw Rs 2,000 notes and the subsequent return of a large percentage of these notes to the banking system is a notable development in India’s financial landscape. The ongoing availability of exchange and deposit options at select RBI offices, as well as through India Post, ensures a continued pathway for individuals and entities to transition away from these high-value banknotes. The public’s response, as observed in the queues at RBI offices, highlights the significance of this move in the everyday financial transactions of citizens.



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