Demonetisation effect: Modi govt extends exemption on toll tax till December 1

On November 17, the Modi government had extended the exemption on toll tax along national highways till the midnight of November 24.

The Narendra Modi government on Thursday extended the toll tax exemption on national highways till December 1. Besides this, the scrapped Rs500 notes will be accepted at toll plazas on National Highways from December 2 mid-night to December 15.

On Wednesday, the government had asked the automobile manufacturers to enable digital identity tags in all the new cars to enable online payments at toll plazas.Union economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das during a press conference had said that the cars should be equipped with Radio Frequency Identification Facility (RFID) facility to avoid paying cash at toll booths.

The extenstion can be linked to the continuous hardships people are facing due to the demonetisation move. Long queues can still be seen outside banks and ATMs as people struggle to exchange their old currency notes and withdraw cash.

The Modi government on November 8 announced the demonetisation move, banning the old Rs 1,000 and 500 currency notes and rolling out the new Rs 2,000 and 500 notes. PM Modi in a televised address to the nation claimed that the step had been taken with an eye on curbing black money and corruption.