By demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a bold step to curb black money in India. While there have been mixed reactions to PM Modi's surprising move, there are other pressing concerns with the new Rs 2,000 note.
A hoax was spread across social media and through WhatsApp claiming the new Rs 2,000 notes were being called off due to language errors, but International Business Times, India, was able to verify the authenticity of the new notes and put this hoax to bed.
But people need to be vigilant about dealing with the new Rs 2,000 notes as there might be some scammers trying to take advantage of the little-to-no-knowledge available to the common man and trick them with some fake notes.
To bring awareness among the people of India, we have listed the top methods to identify a fake Rs 2,000 note from the real one. Read them carefully.
Step 1: See-through register with denominational numeral 2000.
Step 2: You can find the latent image with denominational numeral 2000.
Step 3: Verify the denominational numeral २००० in Devanagari.
Step 4: Look for the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi at the centre.
Step 5: There are micro letters 'RBI' and '2000' on the left side of the banknote.
Step 6: There will be a windowed security thread with inscriptions 'भारत', RBI and 2000 on banknotes with colour shift. Colour of the thread changes from green to blue when the note is tilted.
Step 7: Look for the Guarantee Clause, Governor's signature with Promise Clause and RBI emblem towards right.
Step 8: Verify that the denominational numeral with Rupee Symbol, '2000' in colour changing ink (green to blue) on bottom right.
Step 9: There are Ashoka Pillar emblem on the right, Mahatma Gandhi portrait and electrotype (2000) watermarks.
Step 10: See if the number panel with numerals are growing from small to big on the top left side and bottom right side.
Turn over the note to verify these markers: (reverse side verification)
Step 1: Year of printing of the note is on the left.
Step 2: Swachh Bharat logo with slogan on the left.
Step 3: Language panel is located towards the centre.
Step 4 Motif of Mangalayan covers most part of the rear side of the note.
Step 5: Finally, the denomination numeral in Devanagari २००० is on right.
Help the visually impaired to identify the fake Rs. 2,000 notes from real ones with these three simple steps:
Step 1: The Mahatma Gandhi portrait, Ashoka Pillar emblem, bleed lines and identity mark have raised printing (intaglio).
Step 2: The horizontal rectangle with '2000' are in raised print on the right.
Step 3: Seven angular bleed lines on left and right side are in raised print.
Honourable mention: The Rs 2,000 currency note measures 66mm x 166mm. If you have a measuring tape handy, verifying the dimensions wouldn't do any harm. Better safe than sorry.