Mahatma Gandhi photo goes missing in new Rs 2,000 notes in MP - SBI says printing error, notes genuine
A batch of new Rs 2,000 notes that is in circulation in Madhya Pradesh have been printed without the photo of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation.
The space, which carries the image of the Father of the Nation, has been left blank.
News18 reports that two farmers Laxman Meena and Gurmeet Singh in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh had drawn three and two Rs 2,000 notes respectively from Shivpuri Road branch of SBI. When they noticed that Gandhi photo was missing in these sites they rushed to the bank fearing they were fake.
The bank accepted the note assuring they were genuine and just a printing error.
Laxman Meena and Gurmeet Singh are respectively from Bichhugawdi and Kadukhera villages respectively.
News18 quoted Shrawanlal Meena, manager of the branch, saying they had accepted the notes.
The Sheopur district manager of SBI also confirmed the incident to The Times of India, which reported that the defective notes had been printed at Bank Note Press in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh.
The new batch of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes have faced quality issues earlier as well.
As NewsCrunch had earlier noted there are at least three variants of the Rs 500 note in circulation, with significant differences in colour and design.
There have been unverified reports that an ATM machine in Mumbai was disbursing half-printed Rs 500 notes.
An RBI spokesperson had acknowledged the problem on the shoddy printing of Rs 500 notes and said notes with printing defect probably got released due to the current rush.
RBI says people could accept such notes or return it.