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First Look: New Rs 500 Notes Hit ATMs and Banks Across India

The notes hit ATMs and banks three days after the Rs 2,000 notes made their first appearance.

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The new high-security Rs 500 notes were released to banks for distribution on Sunday and the lenders have been asked to make separate arrangements for the elderly.

People have received the notes in exchange for their old ones from banks in Bhopal and in Delhi’s Parliament Street SBI branch.

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Banks have been advised to make separate arrangements for the elderly and women, said a senior government official.

Some branches like SBI Main branch in Delhi have started distribution of Rs 500 notes.

The notes hit ATMs and banks three days after the Rs 2,000 notes made their first appearance.
The new notes come three days after the Rs 2,000 notes started getting circulated across the country. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ANI)

Only Rs 2,000 notes, apart from Rs 100 and below, have been available since Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced the surprise decision to demonetise higher denomination notes.

The new 500-note is expected to ease pressure on banks’ cash position and improve liquidity in the market.

The notes hit ATMs and banks three days after the Rs 2,000 notes made their first appearance.
The new notes come three days after the Rs 2,000 notes started getting circulated across the country. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ANI)

However, 500 and 2,000 rupee notes dispensed through ATMs will be possible after recalibration of such machines as these are of different sizes.

According to the central bank statement, the new Rs 500 banknotes bear signature of Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel.

The notes hit ATMs and banks three days after the Rs 2,000 notes made their first appearance.
A man in New Delhi holds the new Rs 500 notes for the camera. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ANI)

The stone grey-coloured note bears year of printing '2016' and Swachh Bharat logo printed on the reverse.

The new Rs 500 note is different from the earlier in colour, size, theme, location of security features and design elements.Besides, it has Red Fort as an image of Indian heritage site with Indian flag on the reverse of it.

The banknote also has features (intaglio printing of Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines, circle with 500 in the right, and the identification mark) which enable the visually impaired person to identify the denomination.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI.)

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