Scope of double-counting in deposits, says government

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New Delhi, Dec 15 (IANS) The government on Thursday accepted the possibility of double-counting of the deposits received in the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes by the banking system, and added that the verification process is on.

“We think there is scope of double counting, so the verification is continuing,” Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das told reporters here.

“We have identified areas where double counting could have been possible. The banks are checking and re-checking to see there is double counting of figures,” Das added.

The possibility of double-counting of deposits was fuelled in wake of huge deposit figures being quoted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

RBI had earlier reported that Rs 12.44 lakh crore of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes have been deposited till December 10 by the public since the demonetisation announced on November 8.

The government had earlier said the total amount of high denomination currency circulating in the system on November 8 – the day of demonetisation – was Rs 15.44 lakh crore or $225 billion (Rs 8.58 lakh crore in Rs 500 notes and Rs 6.86 lakh crore in Rs 1,000).

With still a fortnight remaining for the people to deposit their cash in old notes, it is thus being widely expected that the reported amount will exceed way beyond the Rs 15.44 lakh crore, as an outcome of double-counting by the banks.

–IANS

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