Few days ago, on what seemed to be an ordinary day, when citizens were wrapping up their work and heading home, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had news for the country. In his 40-minute address, the Prime Minister took a firm stand on ending corruption, black money and unauthorized cash flow by banning the 500 and 1,000-rupee denominations. This news made waves throughout India, especially considering the lack of a buffer between the announcement and the implementation. Amidst all this chaos, the nation witnessed the entry of crisp purple-clad 2,000-rupee notes.
These notes will enter circulation from the 10th of November. The Reserve Bank of India revealed the new denomination on the 8th of November, and this series of notes will be introduced with a completely new design. This new entry is the highest denomination of currency notes released by the RBI since January 1978, when 5,000 and 10,000-rupee notes were published. The notes are being published at Mysuru, Karnataka.
Here are the 10 things you need to know about the new 2,000-rupee notes,
- The new notes will be of the size 66mm X 166mm, smaller than the old notes, and will be available in a magenta base colour.
- The denominational numeral 2,000 will be written in the Devnagari script and, in micro letters, RBI and 2,000 on the left side of the banknote.
- The new note will feature a see-through register with denominational numeral 2,000, which will be visible when the currency is held against light.
- The new denomination will see the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.
- To celebrate India’s Mars mission, the notes will carry an image of the Mangalyaan, depicting the country’s first venture into interplanetary space, and the logo and tagline of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The reverse side features a motif of the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).