Bank officials fret over fake Rs 500 notes, alert staff: Report
In the wake of rising fake currency notes in the Indian economy, banking officials have instructed their staff to be extra cautious while scrutinising received notes, The Hindu Business Line reported.
According to the report, instances of counterfeit currencies, particularly of Rs 500, have increased. It has become a cause of concern for both banking officials and the public.
“While counterfeits are not totally new, their numbers appear to be on a rise,” a senior branch-level official of Central Bank of India told the paper.
Confirming the growing menace of fake currencies, an official of a leading public sector bank said there are fake Rs 500 notes circulating with the wrong spelling of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) — ‘Resurve Bank of India’ — on the left side of the obverse.
Considering this, instructions have been issued to staff for being extra-vigilant while scrutinising the notes received. Also, cash management services providers involved in ATM replenishment have been alerted for the same, the official told the publication.
In August last year, RBI had announced that 5,22,783 pieces of counterfeit notes were detected in the banking system in FY18. Of this, 63.9 percent were detected by banks other than the central bank.
Moreover, out of the total fake notes detected by RBI, their share during FY18 was higher at 36.1 percent as against 4.3 percent during the previous fiscal. This was because of processing of a large volume of specified banknotes (SBNs) withdrawn from circulation due to demonetisation, the report stated.