Rs 2,000 notes withdrawal can increase bank deposits by Rs 2 lakh crore

The Reserve Bank of India’s withdrawal of INR2,000 ($27) bank notes is predicted to raise bank deposits by as much as INR2tn ($27bn), according to economists. “On a net basis, it is likely that deposits increase by INR1.5-2tn. Durable liquidity could increase by around INR1tn depending on the behaviour of depositors”, said Kotak Mahindra Bank economists Upasna Bhardwaj and Anurag Balajee. Critics point out that some INR2,000 notes may not be deposited as holders may be using them to avoid tax, buying high-end items such as gold instead.

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