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Parliamentary panel likely to finalise report on demonetisation tomorrow

LiveMint logoLiveMint 19-07-2017 PTI

New Delhi: The parliamentary panel on finance is likely to finalise its report on demonetisation of high value currency notes on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

The Standing Committee on Finance, headed by former senior Congress leader M. Veerappa Moily, is planning to submit its report to Parliament during the ongoing monsoon session. In its final meeting on demonetisation scheduled for Thursday, the panel has called representatives of IT industry body Nasscom for a presentation on digital payments and government’s think tank Niti Aayog on policy related issues, the people said.

Earlier this month, Moily had said that the panel would submit its report on demonetisation during the monsoon session of Parliament that started on 17 July. The session is scheduled to conclude on 11 August. Those with knowledge of the matter also added that the panel has finalised its report on bad loans and challenges in the banking sector for presentation to Parliament.

The committee had already taken views of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel and senior officials of the finance ministry on the government’s decision to scrap old Rs500 and Rs1000 notes from 9 November last year.

The move had lead to immediate shortage of currency in the system leading to long queues at banks and ATMs all over the country. However, the situation improved after the RBI pumped in new Rs500 and also Rs2,000 notes into the system.

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