Written Notes: Writing anything on a banknote does not make it invalid. It remains a legal tender. However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) expects people not to write anything on currency notes as it spoils them and shortens their life.
So if you come across Rs 2000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 100, Rs 50 or Rs 20 notes with something written on them, you can treat them as legal without any fear.
Government’s official fact checker PIB Fact Check has highlighted the above issue in response to a fake claim being circulated on social media. The fake message claimed that according to the new RBI guidelines, writing anything on new notes makes them invalid.
What was claimed in the fake message
The message circulating on social media said, “As per the new guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India, writing anything on the new notes renders the note invalid and it will no longer remain legal tender.”
Terming the above claim as fake, PIB Fact Check tweeted, ‘No, the inscribed bank notes are not invalid and will remain legal tender.’
What does RBI say
Under the Clean Note Policy of RBI, users are requested not to write anything on the currency note as it reduces its life.
PIB said, “As a part of the Clean Note Policy, people are urged not to write on currency notes as it spoils the notes and reduces their shelf life.”
Do not do these three things with notes
- do not staple
- Do not use bank notes for making garlands/toys, decorating pandals and places of worship or blowing on persons in social functions etc.
- Do not write on currency notes
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