Villagers in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district were dumbfounded when they realized to their horror that the Rs 2,000 banknotes that they had withdrawn from State Bank of India branch didn’t had Mahatma Gandhi image. They thought that the banknotes were actually fake notes and contacted the branch from where they had withdrawn the money.
What they learnt from the SBI branch manager was all the more shocking for the villagers who had spent their entire life using currency notes with Mahamtma Gandhi’s image. The officials told the villagers that while the notes were legit but a possible printing mistake removed the ever-familiar embossed picture of the Father of the Nation.
The incident happened in Sheopur district’s Badodha tehsil. Till now there were merely the cases of variation in the color and the sizes of the currency notes. But this is really taking the mistake far too far.
Reports suggest that a villager named Laxman Meena, from Bichugaanvdi village of the tehsil couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the Rs 2000 note without Mahatma Gandhi’s image.
While talking about the whole incident he says, “I withdrew Rs 6,000. The cashier gave me three notes of Rs 2,000. When I reached home, my son told me that Gandhiji’s picture was missing in the banknote. My son told me it was fake.”
After being told that these were fake notes, Meena rushed back to the banks. But apparently he was not the only person to have been given such notes. Gurmeet Singh from Kadukheda village also had the same story. He had withdrawn Rs 8000 and all the four Rs 2000 notes had no image of Mahatma Gandhi.
The villagers say that while the bank took the banknotes back, officials didn’t issue fresh currency notes. When contacted, SBI Badodha branch manager RD Meena informed a leading newspaper that these Rs 2,000 banknotes with missing picture of Gandhi were not fake. “Somehow the notes have not been printed completely. So, we have taken the notes back,” he said. Many people have seem Rs 2000 notes coming in different and varying sizes, prompting them to raise fake alarm.
Demonetisation has made the whole country suffer. On November 8, Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes were banned without any warning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and since then the chaos continues across the nation.