DCM (Plg.)No.G 40/10.01.00/2004-05
May 07, 2005
The Chairman/MD/ CMD/ CEO
Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Foreign Banks.
Indian banknotes with additional/revised
In the wake of increasing circulation of high
quality counterfeit notes, particularly, Rs.100 and Rs.500 denominations, the
Government of India had constituted a High Level Committee to consider strengthening
the security features in our banknotes. The Committee's recommendations were
examined and with the approval of the Govt., the Reserve Bank of India has decided
to incorporate certain additional security features and make improvement in
the existing ones, in the banknotes of various denominations. The new / improved
/ additional security features, besides acting as a deterrent to counterfeiting,
will also enhance the overt features to help public in identifying the genuine
2. The issue of banknotes with additional/revised
security features is targeted for circulation in near future. New banknotes
for the denominations of Rs.50 and above will be introduced during 2005 in a
phased manner. As you are aware, the currency verification & processing
activities have been mechanized at the RBI. The banks also have been advised
to equip themselves with proper and adequate number of currency handling machines
so that only the non-issuable notes are sent to the RBI for eventual disposal.
The mechanization of currency handling process is under way in the banks. It,
therefore, becomes imperative that the banks are aware of the proposed changes
in the existing security features so as to attempt suitable adaptation to their
machines. Details of new/additional overt security features for the denominations
of Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000 are enclosed.
Banks are advised to peruse the list of security features carefully, get them
examined, and take appropriate steps for handling these banknotes.
3. A meeting of the Chief Executives of banks
to share information on the changes in the security features of banknotes and
to create an overall preparedness, will be held on a suitable date for which
a separate intimation will be sent. Needless to mention, the Reserve Bank will
run public awareness campaign on these features at the time of putting the new
notes in circulation.
Chief General Manager