Soon, possessing old Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes may be a punishable offence

The government may soon issue an order under which you will be eligible to be punished if you possess banned notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 after 30 Dec.

Despite the opposition parties staging protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the government may soon pass an ordinance to legalise the government’s move to ban higher denomination currency notes.

According to reports, the government may issue an ordinance before December 20 to legalise demonetisation. The government has earlier announced that December 20 is the last day to deposit the now illegal tender after which the banks will not accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

Several media reports further suggest that government will also set a new law under a person owning or even transferring and exchanging illegal tender would be punished. However, the exact punishment for breaking the law has not yet been ascertained.

People will have to deposit old notes directly to the Reserve Bank of India after December 30.

PM Narendra Modi shocked the nation when he announced his decision to scrap higher denomination currency notes on 8 November forcing the people to form serpentine queues outside banks to exchange and deposit notes.

The move led to massive crunch across the country causing grave inconvenience to people. People across the nation started looking for alternatives to deal with the cash chaos. The opposition parties have been criticising Modi for the move and the manner in which it was implemented.

The demand for currency notes has risen after the Modi government announced demonetisation move, scrapping the old Rs 1,000 and 500 notes and introducing the Rs 2,000 and 500 denominations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated that the government was taking to decision to deal with black money menace, The government went on to urge people to go cashless and repeatedly promoted digital economy asking people to use plastic money, i.e debit and credit cards. The Income Tax department also conducted raids across the country post demonetisation and seized huge amount of money from people who had allegedly stashed unaccounted wealth.