The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to issue Rs 200 denomination currency notes by the starting of September.
The Centre has specified the introduction of bank notes of denomination Rs 200, reported ANI.
“There is no other denomination available between Rs 100 and Rs 500 and RBI is expecting Rs 200 notes to become famous and that’s why it is taking every measure to ensure availability of it,” reported Economic Times quoting sources.
Introduction of Rs 200 note will fill in the ‘missing middle’ even as the new currency in circulation (CIC) has already reached 84 percent of the pre demonetisation level, the State Bank of India (SBI) Ecowrap report had said.
The new notes of Rs 200 will help in narrowing the demand and supply gap in smaller-denomination currency bills.
In July, the RBI had stopped printing Rs 2000 notes about 5 months ago and is unlikely to print more in the current financial year.
On November 8 last year, the government had withdrawn the legal tender status of 500 and 1000 rupee notes to flush out blackmoney and counterfeit currency.
The RBI has refused to give the number of demonetised 500 and 1000 Rs notes returned in the banking system, saying the ‘figures would need to be reconciled with the physical cash balances to remove accounting errors/possible double counts etc’.
However, according to a reply given in Rajya Sabha on December 2 by Arjun Ram Meghwal, the Minister of State for Finance there were 6,858 million pieces of 1000 notes and 17,165 million pieces of 500 notes in circulation. That amounts to a total of Rs 15.44 lakh crore in value.
This amounted to 86% of the total currencies in circulation (Rs 17.97 lakh crore).