The Modi government has decided to extend its deadline for using old ₹500, ₹1,000 notes in specific places to 24 November midnight, according to the Economic Affairs Secretary (EAS) Shaktikanta Das. The Reserve Bank of India had earlier allowed using these old bills in specific places till 14 November.
"This limit for such transactions is being extended from 14th November midnight to 24th November midnight," Das told ANI. "This is keeping in mind public convenience and the representations we have received."
The places where you can use these old bills include petrol pumps, government hospitals, pharmacies, consumer cooperative stores, buying gas cylinders, paying utility bills, government milk booths and monuments maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. These notes will also be accepted at crematoriums or burial grounds, railways. Some of these exemptions are also available for foreign tourists and international travellers.