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Old Rs500, Rs1000 currency notes can be used for paying utility bills, tax: govt

Earlier, the govt had permitted people to use such notes for payment of certain services like rail, metro ticket, airline ticket, buying LPG cylinder and medicines with doctor’s prescription. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/MintPremium
Earlier, the govt had permitted people to use such notes for payment of certain services like rail, metro ticket, airline ticket, buying LPG cylinder and medicines with doctor’s prescription. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

The government says old Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes can be used to pay utility bills, taxes, penalty and fees to central and state govts till midnight of 11 November

New Delhi: Giving some more relief to common man, the Centre on Thursday said old Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes can be used to pay utility bills, taxes, penalty and fees to central and state governments till midnight of 11 November.

While demonetising the high-value currency notes on Tuesday, the government had permitted people to use such notes for payment of certain services like rail and metro ticket, rail catering, airline ticket, buying LPG cylinder and medicines with doctor’s prescription.

Economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das today tweeted: “Old 500, Rs1000 notes to be accepted for payment of fees, charges, taxes, penalty to central and state governments, including municipalities and local bodies."

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Such old notes to be accepted for payment of utility charges like water and electricity, he said.

“Above facilities to be available till 11 November midnight. Records to be maintained," Das tweeted.

Exemptions have also been made for payments at government hospitals, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds and petrol pumps till 11 November. People having invalid notes are required to either deposit them in their accounts or exchange them with new currency notes. Banks have already started issuing new currency notes of Rs500 and Rs2,000 denominations.

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