Mysore’s little airport secretly regulated chartered flights to ferry all Rs 2000 notes from the mint
AdvertisementMysore’s little airport often ignored by flying citizens of India has a major role to play in the demonetization move of the
Shrouded under extreme secrecy over the last six months, a private chartered flight quietly took off and landed at the airstrip at
The special missions were meant to carry stashes of crisp Rs 2,000 notes, printed at the currency note printing press in
The two-decade-old press - which is rated one of the best currency printing presses in the world -- had also handled the printing of the first Rs 1,000 notes. It has its own currency paper production unit in its premises where the special security currency paper is manufactured.
The printing of Rs 2,000-denomination notes began about six months ago. Nobody had even got a whiff of what was round the corner.
On Thursday, after six months of flight operations transported the new currency, the banks across the country were supplied the new Rs 2,000-denomination currency notes for issuance to the public - ranging from Rs 20 lakh to Rs two crore per bank/branch, depending on the size.
The Union government had hired the services a private chartered flight operator to ferry the stashes of new currencies from the Mysuru press to various RBI branches.
The Centre paid a total of 1 lakh Euros (about Rs 73,42,000) to the private charter through RBI Bengaluru's account at one of
"The charter flights flew regularly to the airports nearest to where the new notes were destined for. The new currency notes were transported in vehicles and under heavy guard to the RBI branches,'' an official told the
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