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January 24, 2021

5,000 note demonetisation to curb bribery: Shabbar

National

 
January 24, 2021

KARACHI: Former Federal Board of Revenue chairman Shabbar Zaidi believes that the government should go for the demonetisation of the Rs5,000 note from July onwards.

"5000 Rupee Notes. Demonetise from July 1, 2021. Announce two months earlier," said Zaidi in a tweet on Friday. The accountant said that in order to go through with the demonitisation the government should announce a "transition" period so that the plan goes smoothly.

Zaidi believes that those against demonetisation have "no idea about abuse" and claimed that vested interests doe not let the benefits of the move come forward. The former tax czar believes that the demonitsation will improve the economy and help the banking sector.

He also claimed that by demonetising the Rs5,000 note, bribery will become difficult. He also suggested that those hoarding gold in lockers should have to inform the government if bullion is being held and the government should also monitor bullion trading.

According to website Investopedia, demonetisation is the act of stripping a currency unit of its status as legal tender. "It occurs whenever there is a change of national currency: The current form or forms of money is pulled from circulation and retired, often to be replaced with new notes or coins. Sometimes, a country completely replaces the old currency with new currency," explains the website.

In this case, it simply means that the Rs5,000 note should cease to exist and hold value. However, the move is seen as a drastic intervention as it directly affects the "medium of exchange used in all economic transactions".

But economists believe that the move can help stabilise a country's existing problems but also warn that if the move is taken suddenly of drastically then it can also lead to chaos. The most recent country to carry our demonetization was India. Demonetization there was done by the Narendra Modi led government in 2016.