Govt extends use of old Rs 500/1,000 notes till Nov 24 for utility payments

Photo of invalid or banned Indian currency Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes.

New Delhi: The government of India has extended use of old outdated currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for paying household utility bills, fuel, taxes and fees and purchases from co-operative stores till November 24th.

After withdrawing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from the night of November 8-9th, the government had allowed use of old currency by another 72 hours at government hospitals, railway ticketing, public transport, airline ticketing at airports, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds and petrol pumps.

The list was further updates to include payments for metro rail tickets, highway and road toll, purchase of medicines on doctor prescription from the government and private pharmacies, LPG gas cylinders, railway catering, electricity and water bills and ASI monument entry tickets.

According to official sources said, due to banks are still struggling to provide new currency notes, the government has extended the deadline by another 72 hours.

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That deadline was to end at midnight tonight, but it has now been extended till November 24th.

The payments towards utility bills will be limited to only individuals or households for arrears and/or current bills. Making advance payments is not allowed by the government.

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