Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes valid for key utilities
Government of India on Friday extended the use of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for key utilities. Government had allowed use of the old currency at government hospitals, railway ticketing, public transport, airline ticketing at airports, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds and petrol pumps for 72 hours.
This list was later expanded to include payments for metro rail tickets, highway and road toll. Purchase of medicines on doctor prescription from the government and private pharmacies, LPG gas cylinders, railway catering, electricity and water bills.
The time limit set was to expire from yesterday’s mid-night, but it has now been extended by another 72 hours, an official statement said.