Thursday, 24 November 2016

Nepal bars exchange of new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes, calls them illegal

The Rs. 2,000 and the new Rs. 500 notes will be legal in Nepal only when India issues a notification under its Foreign Exchange Management Act.

Nepal Rastra Bank on Thursday banned the use of India’s new currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 denomination, terming them “unauthorised and illegal”.

These two currency notes were issued by the Reserve Bank of India recently after old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination notes were withdrawn.

Nepal Rastra Bank has called the new currency notes “unauthorised and illegal”.

NRB spokesperson Narayan Poudel said these new currency notes are not yet legal in Nepal, according to Onlinekhabar.com.

Mr. Poudel said these notes will be legal in Nepal only when India issues a notification as per the Foreign Exchange Management Act.

India is likely to issue a FEMA notification, allowing people in Nepal and India to possess certain amount of Indian currency.

Earlier, a ban was in effect in Nepal till 2015 against the use of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denominations notes.

Authorities had lifted this ban after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal.

Nepal in 2015 allowed people to carry Indian Rupees of higher denominations up to Indian Rs. 25,000.

RBI had formed a task force to ease currency exchange facility in Nepal for non-Indians who possess the now-defunct notes of 500 and 1,000 denominations.