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Railways, Metros, bus services will not accept old Rs 500 notes after 10 December

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As the demonetisation move continues to create roadblocks in many sectors of the economy, the government has announced that scrapped Rs 500 notes can not be used to make payments for rail catering services, train reservations, buying metro tokens and bus tickets from 10 December.

Earlier the government had allowed the usage of Rs 500 notes till 15 December for making payments for rail reservations, public transport, metro and airline tickets. The old Rs 500 note as well as Rs 1000 note were removed from circulation at midnight between 8 November and 9 November.

Since 8 November the announcement on scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the government allowed the use of invalid notes towards payment of utility bills, buying petrol, mobile recharge, rail tickets and air tickets at airport. The deadline later was extended twice.


The exemptions that remain till December 15 include payments at Government hospitals, pharmacies, consumer cooperative stores, government-run milk booths and at crematoria and burial grounds.