Use of scrapped Rs 500 extended till Dec 15

Over-the-counter exchange of old currency stopped

New Delhi: Facing severe attack in the wake of difficulties thrown up by demonetisation, the government on Thursday night extended till December 15 the facility of using old Rs 500 notes in public utilities and included more services like mobile recharge but stopped the over-the-counter exchange of defunct currencies and use of Rs 1,000 notes.
From now on payment of fees up to Rs 2,000 per student has been allowed in schools and colleges run by central and states governments, municipalities and local bodies.
Payment towards pre-paid mobile top-up to a limit of Rs 500 per recharge has also been allowed while purchase from consumer cooperative stores will be limited to Rs 5,000 at a time, an official release said.
Current and arrears dues payments will be limited to only water and electricity, a facility that will continue to be available only for individuals and households.
However, the release said payments for the transactions under all the exempted categories will now be accepted only through old Rs 500 notes.
“Considering that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have continued the toll free arrangement at the toll plazas up to December 2, it has been decided that toll payment at these toll plazas may be made through old Rs 500 notes from December 3 to December 15,” it said.
Foreign citizens will now be permitted to exchange foreign currency up to Rs 5000 per week. Necessary entry to this effect will be made in their passports, it said.
Explaining the reason for discontinuance of exchange of the defunct notes, the release said it has been observed that over-the-counter exchange of the old notes has shown a declining trend. (PTI)

Areas where old Rs 500 notes can be used
l    For payments in government hospitals
l    For use in all pharmacies for buying medicines with doctor’s prescription
l    At railway ticketing counters, bus ticket counters of government or public sector undertakings and airline counters at airports for purchase of tickets
l    For purchases at government-run milk booths
l    For purchase of petrol, diesel and gas at stations of state-run oil companies
l    For payments at crematoria and burial grounds
l    For use at international airports for arriving and departing passengers up to Rs 5,000
l    For purchase of LPG gas cylinders
l    For payments towards catering during travel by rail
l    For purchase of tickets for suburban and metro rail travel
l    For purchase of entry tickets monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India
l    For payments towards fees, charges, taxes or penalties, payable to central or state governments including municipal and local bodies
l    For payments towards court fees
l    For payments towards purchase of seeds from designated state-run outlets, but only Rs 500 notes

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