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Different Perspectives of Currency Exchange

Published on Thursday, December 08, 2016
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The current currency exchange regime has come under severe debate with the entire opposite parties opposing the move. Let’s analyze the scenario from different perspectives

GOI perspective

  • GOI stated that the currency exchange was introduced to curb the black money 
  • November 24, 2016 is the last date to exchange the old notes for new notes 
  • GOI aims to bring all the currency circulating in the economy under the formal banking sector to increase transparency 
  • GOI aims to collect the maximum possible tax revenue as a result of currency exchange 
  • GOI announced that old notes will be accepted in tax offices, EB bill centers, Petrol bunks etc. 
  • To ease the problem of change, all tolls were made free till 24th November 2016 for congestion free vehicle movement 
  • Sentimental speeches made by PM to curb black money 
  • GOI firm on the currency exchange and said there is no way of taking back the move 
  • The move was welcomed by Supreme Court of India and PIL filed against GOI has been stayed by it 
  • GOI seeks the support of all the stakeholders with banking, judiciary and executive offering full support 

Banking Perspective

  • RBI has taken initiatives to make easy the currency exchange process 
  • RBI provides full support to exchange the old currency with banks running even on Sundays and working over time 
  • Banks allowed customers to deposit their money in their bank accounts 
  • Initially Rs. 4000 was given per person, then it was reduced to Rs. 2000 
  • There are about 225000 ATMs across India 
  • Out of which 85000 ATMs have been upgraded to process the new currencies as on November 24, 2016 
  • Steps are on full swing to calibrate the rest of the ATMs by this month end 
  • Ms. Arundatti Bhattacharya addressed the media on 23rd November and welcomed the measure of currency exchange as a positive measure to curb black money 

Opposition Parties Perspective

  • Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and Ms. Mamta were the first to openly condemn GOI for their action 
  • All opposition parties take a negative stance for the problems caused to common people 
  • Both the houses of parliament are summoned continuously owing to the confusion prevailing over the currency exchange regime 
  • All the opposition MP’s staged a mass demonstration against GOI on 23rd November, 2016 in Delhi 

Common man perspective

  • First to get affected was the common man 
  • There were long queues every where in Banks, Tax offices, EB centers etc. to exchange the old currency 
  • Marriages faced problems with people not accepting the old notes 
  • Business transactions have been reduced to a great extent as the common man is not transacting as usual 
  • People had to wait in long queue from morning to evening to get 4000 
  • Many of them put leave for their job to transact 
  • Second problem of money change arouse 
  • Common man got 2000 rupee notes from the banks but there was no change available in the local shops 
  • Severe money change problem with less circulation of 100 rupee notes 
  • Common man is still facing the problem doing only limited transactions 
  • There is a lot of curfew in some parts of the country with the public involving in road blockage and breaking open the ATM machines 

Media Perspective

  • Media reflected the common man to a great extent in this currency regime and exposed different methods taken to illegally exchange the black money 
  • Media accused the brokers for using poor people to transact again and again to exchange the black money 
  • Brokers charged a whopping 40 to 50 percent commission for exchanging the black money through the formal channel 
  • Poor people were given commission by the brokers 
  • Many Bank officials were corrupt and exchanged new currency in an illegal manner 
  • Transport corporations received money from common people in denomination of 10, 20, 50 and 100 but deposited 500 and 1000 in the bank openly revealing the corruption 
  • Misuse of Jan Dan Yojana accounts with deposits accumulating to 20000 crore in these accounts 
  • Investigation to be done by RBI on these accounts 

Verdict as of now

  • Majority of the people welcomed the measure as a means of developing India 
  • The recent Poll conducted by Modi App on November 23, 2016 states that 93 percent of Indians are favoring the currency exchange 

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