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RBI introduces Blind’s friendly new currency features

New currency features in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes:

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday said it will in a matter of seconds put into course banknotes in the sections of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 consolidating three new/changed elements. The elements will incorporate climbing size of numerals in the number boards, drain lines and broadened recognizable proof stamp, it said.


The RBI had as of late put into flow Rs 500 banknotes with numerals in climbing size in number boards, however without drain lines and developed ID stamp. It has now added two more elements to help the outwardly hindered in simple distinguishing proof of banknotes, aside from securing them against falsifying.

“The present banknotes will be without inset letter in the number boards. The notes will bear mark of Raghuram G Rajan, Governor. The year of printing (2015) shows up on the invert. Aside from these elements, the general outline of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes have been held,” the national bank said.


The peak bank said the numerals in both the numbering boards of banknotes will be in rising size from left to right, while the initial three alpha-numeric characters will stay steady in size. The banknotes of Rs 500 division will have five rakish drain lines in three arrangements of 2-1-2 lines on the front in both, the upper left and the right hand edge of the banknote.

So also, Rs 1,000 banknotes will have six rakish drain lines in four arrangements of 1-2-2-1 lines on the front-side in both, the upper left and right hand edge of the banknotes. These will encourage recognizable proof of these notes by outwardly hindered people, RBI said in the official statement.


The current distinguishing proof stamp (roundabout shape in Rs 500 and precious stone in Rs 1,000) close to one side edge of the banknote has been augmented.

Might you have not noticed that Rs.500 INR have 5-5 horizontal embossed black colour lines. But this is to be done for some valid reason and this reason was recently shared by Jagadesh Chandra on Facebook.


He wrote…

My daughter who came to India to see us did a withdrawal of Rs. 5000/- from ATM. Of those notes, few notes were having 5-5 horizontal embossed black colour lines at both the edges of notes. And, other notes did not have such lines. So, out of curiosity and suspicion she went in the nearby bank of and asked regarding the 5-5 horizontal lines? To her surprise (and to our surprise as well), the staff attending on the other side of the desk replied her those 10 embossed lines on both sides are Braille language for blinds (visual aphasia; alexia; word blindness: inability to perceive written words),. Five lines each side is a new endorsement on the notes so as to make it easy to identify the real (true), 500 rupees note.

In addition if you notice the digits of these are also in increasing order, again to help the visually impaired recognize the notes, There are similar but different codes also on the sides of the Rs. Thousand notes too . I am sure millions of people in our country may not be aware of this fact, so am sharing this experience for you.

It’s a great initiative by Indian Bank so that blind can identify the currency notes.


The RBI says that current notes have throughout the years developed to be less demanding to the touch. So other than the unmistakable hues and the general lead of bigger the division, the bigger the extent of the certified receipt, different elements incorporate.


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