Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: The Centre is likely to extend use of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for paying household utility bills, fuel, taxes and fees as well as purchases from co-operative stores by another 10 days.
The time limit set was to expire on November 24 midnight.
Extension on exemption of old notes for essential services under consideration, decision on extending deadline by evening: Govt sources
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 24, 2016
While withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from the night of 8-9 November, the government had earlier extended use of the old currency at government hospitals, railway ticketing, public transport, airline ticketing at airports, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds and petrol pumps.
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.
Till the November 24, 2016 midnight, banned Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes can be used as under:—
(a) for making payments in Government hospitals for medical treatment and pharmacies in Government hospitals for buying medicines with doctor's prescription;
(b) at railway ticketing counters, ticket counters of Government or Public Sector Undertakings buses and airline ticketing counters at airports for purchase of tickets;
(c) for purchases at consumer cooperative stores operated under authorisation of Central or State Governments and the customers shall provide their identity proof;
(d) for purchase at milk booths operating under authorisation of the Central or State Governments;
(e) for purchase of petrol, diesel and gas at the stations operating under the authorisation of Public Sector Oil and Gas Marketing Companies;
(f) for payments at crematoria and burial grounds;
(g) at international airports, for arriving and departing passengers, who possess specified bank notes, the value of which does not exceed five thousand rupees to exchange them for notes having legal tender character;
(h) for foreign tourists to exchange foreign currency or specified bank notes, the value of which does not exceed five thousand rupees to exchange them for notes having legal tender character.
(i) for making payments in all pharmacies on production of doctor’s prescription and proof of identity;
(j) for payments on purchases LPG gas cylinders;
(k) for making payments to catering services on board, during travel by rail;
(l) for making payments for purchasing tickets for travel by suburban and metro rail services;
(m) for making payments for purchase of entry tickets for any monument maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
n) for making payments towards any fees, charges, taxes or penalties, payable to the Central or State Governments including Municipal and local bodies;
(o) for making payments towards utility charges including water and electricity -which shall be restricted to individuals or households for payment of only arrears or current charges and no advance payments shall be allowed
(p) for payments towards court fees
(q) for making payments towards purchase of seeds from the centres, units or outlets belonging to the Central or State Governments, Public Sector Undertakings, National or State Seeds Corporations, Central or State Agricultural Universities and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, on production of proof of identity: Provided that for the purposes of this clause, specified bank notes shall mean bank notes of the denominational value of five hundred rupees.
With Agency Inputs