The new Rs 2000 notes have been in circulation for not more than a week, but they are already in use to be paid as bribes to officials.
Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau has nabbed two port trust officials of Gujarat for taking a bribe of Rs. 2.5 lakh.
In addition, another Rs. 40,000 was recovered from the home of one of them.
What came as a big surprise to officials is that the whole amount of Rs. 2.9 lakh was in new Rs. 2,000 notes.
Superintending Engineer P Srivivasu and Sub Divisional officer K Komtekar of the Kandla Port Trust had sought a bribe of Rs. 4.4 lakh for clearing the pending bills of a private electrical firm, said officials of Gujarat’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The ACB officials are now investigating how the currency notes had been obtained.
Likewise, a team of Lokayukta had arrested three officers of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education while taking bribe of Rs 25,000 in Bhopal.
According to latest RBI guidelines, one can withdraw only Rs 2,500 at ATMs and Rs 2000 over-the-counter exchange.
The above case is a clear example of the strong bond that government officials have with corruption. Try as you might, people will find newer ways to be corrupt and they have.
Recently, a survey by Inshorts in collaboration with IPSOS, showed that 82 per cent Indians favour the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes. While 84 per cent of the respondents think the government is serious about curbing black money, 52 per cent disagree with the decision to cap ATM withdrawals to a maximum of Rs 2,000 (since increased to Rs 2,500) daily.