CIC directs to share information regarding Rs. 2000 and 500 notes printed after RTI petition

RTI petition seeked information for how many notes were printed in November, 2016.

Gurugram: The Central Information Commission(CIC) has directed concerned authorities to release the data stating how many Rs. 2000 and 500 notes were printed from November 9, 2016, till November 30, 2016. Central Government headed by PM Narendra Modi had brought in demonetisation on November 9, 2016.

Gurugram based RTI activist Harinder Dhingra had filed a petition for information regarding the number of notes printed daily from November 9, 2016, to November 30, 2016.

Dhingra had originally applied for the information through RTI on February 23, 2017. Central Public Information Officer(CPIO) had rejected his petition stating demonetisation to be a sensitive matter.

He re-filed his appeal on August 16, 2017.

Dhingra said that after a hearing on November 30, 2018, Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava on December 5, 2018, issued an order to provide the information.

“Number of notes printed on daily basis from November 9, 2016, to November 30, 2016, was not so sensitive as to attract the exemption provisions under section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act, therefore CPIO has been directed to provide the information sought,” the order read.

On 8 November 2016, the Government of India announced the demonetisation of all ₹500 and ₹1000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi Series. It also announced the issuance of new ₹500 and ₹2000 banknotes in exchange for the demonetised banknotes.

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