Demonetisation reduced cash transactions, says Niti Aayog VC


New Delhi, Aug 30:

A day after the RBI said that 99.3 per cent of the demonetised currency has returned to the banks, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Thursday said the objective of the note ban exercise was not to have a large number of unreturned Rs 500 and 1,000 notes but to encourage digital payments and reduce cash transactions.

“Who said the aim of demonetisation was to get back less money? Demonetisation has impacted the markets and market psychology,” Kumar said.

“How many cash transactions used to take place before demonetisation, and what is the position now?” he said.

The government has maintained that the physical currency in the system at present is much less than what it would have been if demonetisation had not taken place.

Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg had said on Wednesday that had the physical currency grown at the same rate at which it was growing before demonetisation, there would have been some three to four lakh crore rupees more in the system at present.

The RBI’s annual report 2017-18 said that on completion of the process of verification of the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, it was found that the total value of the demonetised currency returned to the banks stood at Rs 15.3 lakh crore, which amounted to 99.3 per cent of the Rs 15.4 lakh crore worth of such notes in circulation on November 8, 2016.

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