An old forward urging people not to accept a 500 rupee note if the green strip on the bill is closer to Mahatma Gandhi’s image, is false.
The message also claims that if the green strip on the bill is closer to the signature of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, then the note is genuine.
“Pls do not accept Rs.500 Currency note on which the green strip is close to Gandhi ji because it’s fake. Accept a currency note where the strip is near Governor’s signature. Please pass this message to all family and friends…”
BOOM received the above message on its WhatsApp helpline number (7700906111) asking us to verify the same.
Viral on Facebook
BOOM reached out to the Department of Currency Management (DCM) of the RBI via email and they responded with us links of how to identify a fake note.
The official terminology used by the RBI for the green strip is ‘security thread’.
In the above links, there is no instruction given by the RBI that states that a note is fake if the security thread is close to Gandhi’s image on the note.
BOOM checked the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) official website and found a circular dated July 2, 2018 which details the detection and impounding of counterfeit notes.
According to the Master Circular by the RBI on ₹500 notes – Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series which is seen in the viral image, there is no mention about the specific placement designated for the security thread on the note.
Additionally, in the 17 features introduced in the Rs 500 notes, it makes no specific reference where the security thread should be aligned on the note.
The security thread’s description is that it’s feature is it changes colour from green to blue when the note is tilted.
Viral since 2017
Check 4 Spam had debunked it on July 12, 2017, when it was viral in 2017.
Both version of Rs 500 legal
Both the notes are valid as News 18 reported, “The differences in the two sets of notes — shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’s picture, placement of the national emblem, colour shade and border size — are printing errors given the rush to meet the increasing demand, an RBI spokesperson has said.”
The then RBI spokesperson Alpana Killawala had said that it was likely that notes with printing defect has got released due to the current rush and people could freely accept such a note in transaction or return it to RBI reported The Economic Times on November 25, 2016.