No plan to introduce new Rs 1,000 note: Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das

NEW DELHI: There are no plans to introduce new Rs 1,000 notes, said Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das today, putting an end to speculation on the issue.

"No plans to introduce Rs 1000 notes. Focus is on production and supply of Rs 500 and lower denomination notes," tweeted Das today after some media outlets quoted "senior government officials" yesterday saying quite the opposite.

Das also addressed the issue of the ongoing cash shortage at ATMs, still, more than two months after the introduction of new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes.

"Complaints of cash (being) out in ATMs (are) being addressed. Request everyone to draw the cash they actually require. Overdrawal by some deprives others," Das tweeted.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the supply of currency to ATMs has risen 80-85% from pre-note ban levels, but the fear of not having enough liquid cash is driving people to hoard it.

"The moment there are Rs 500 notes at an ATM, people tend to queue up and keep the cash with them even if they don't need it. I believe this fear among the general public will take another few weeks to ebb and make things absolutely normal," said Anand Garollu, India services general manager, NCR Corporation, which makes and manages cash dispensers.

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