After releasing commemorative coins on the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, we might soon have currency notes with images of Ambedkar and Vivekananda, if the proposal is accepted.
The former member of Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council (NAC), Narendra Jadhav, has made a proposal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
that currency notes should also feature images Dr BR Ambedkar and Swami Vivekananda.
Jadhav was also the member of the National Committee for Celebration of the 125th Birth Anniversary of BR Ambedkar which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said:
“I made this suggestion to the prime minister during the first meeting of the committee. I said that currencies of the US and the UK have pictures of several figures and that could be done in India as well. We can have other founding fathers, specifically BR Ambedkar, and Swami Vivekananda on our currency notes.”
The images on currency note is a matter of high deliberation. Mahatama Gandhi’s image on rupee notes was introduced in 1996 with the 10 and 500 banknotes and is being carried till now.
Explaining why Ambedkar’s image should be on currency note, the noted academic Jadhav said:
“He was a monetary economist par excellence and had given considerable intellectual inputs for the establishment of the RBI. Keeping this in mind, it would be a good gesture to have Dr Ambedkar on Indian currency notes.”
In 2015, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), asked people from all walks of life to suggest which Indian icon’s image should there on currency notes except Mahatama Gandhi.