Reserve Bank of India Withdraws ₹2000 Denomination Banknotes: What You Need to Know

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently made an important decision to withdraw the ₹2000 denomination banknotes from circulation. However, it is crucial to note that these banknotes will still retain their status as legal tender. This move comes as the RBI advises banks to cease the issuance of ₹2000 denomination banknotes with immediate effect. Let’s delve into the details of this decision and its implications.

Withdrawal of ₹2000 Denomination Banknotes

The ₹2000 denomination banknote was introduced in November 2016 under Section 24(1) of the RBI Act, 1934. Its primary purpose was to address the urgent currency requirements of the economy following the withdrawal of legal tender status of all ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes circulating at that time. However, the RBI has stated that the objective of introducing ₹2000 banknotes has been fulfilled since banknotes in other denominations are now available in sufficient quantities.

According to a statement from the RBI, the printing of ₹2000 banknotes was ceased in 2018-19. The majority, approximately 89%, of the ₹2000 denomination banknotes were issued prior to March 2017 and have now reached their estimated lifespan of 4-5 years. As a result, the total value of these banknotes in circulation has decreased from ₹6.73 lakh crore at its peak on March 31, 2018 (37.3% of Notes in Circulation) to ₹3.62 lakh crore, which now represents only 10.8% of Notes in Circulation as of March 31, 2023. Additionally, the RBI has observed that the ₹2000 denomination banknotes are not commonly used for transactions.

Moreover, the RBI reassures the public that the stock of banknotes in other denominations remains sufficient to meet the currency requirements of the general population.

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Implementation of the “Clean Note Policy”

In line with the objectives of the “Clean Note Policy” of the Reserve Bank of India, the withdrawal of the ₹2000 denomination banknotes has been decided upon. It is important to note that the banknotes in the ₹2000 denomination will still be considered legal tender. It is worth mentioning that the RBI had previously undertaken a similar withdrawal of notes from circulation in 2013-2014.

According to the RBI’s statement, members of the public can deposit their ₹2000 banknotes into their bank accounts or exchange them for banknotes of other denominations at any bank branch. The deposit into bank accounts can be made without any restrictions, following the usual procedures, and subject to existing instructions and applicable statutory provisions.

To ensure operational convenience and avoid disruptions to regular banking activities, individuals can exchange their ₹2000 banknotes for banknotes of other denominations up to a limit of ₹20,000/- at a time at any bank branch. This exchange facility will be available starting from May 23, 2023.


The Reserve Bank of India’s decision to withdraw the ₹2000 denomination banknotes from circulation while keeping them as legal tender marks a significant development in the currency landscape. With an adequate stock of banknotes in other denominations to meet the public’s currency requirements, the RBI aims to streamline and enhance the efficiency of the currency system. Individuals are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the guidelines provided by the RBI to facilitate a smooth transition during this withdrawal process.

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