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distribution of notes and coins in india

DISTRIBUTION OF NOTES AND COINS IN INDIA

Currency Conference 2002

Honolulu, Hawaii

(Some slides have been added in the presentation for clarity)

Reserve Bank of India

india a huge country
India – A Huge Country

Population: 1 billion

North to South: 3,200 km

West to East: 3,000 km

Area: 3,288,000 sq. km

Per-capita Income

Reserve Bank of India

distribution of currency dimension value
Distribution of Currency -Dimension (value)

Rs.2,448 billion, i.e.,

US $ 49 billion currently

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distribution of currency dimensions volume
Distribution of Currency - Dimensions (volume)

41 billion pieces in 2002

Reserve Bank of India

agencies involved
Agencies Involved

Reserve Bank of India

flow of notes coins
Flow of Notes & Coins

Public

NOTES

COINS

Chest branches

Chest branches & RBI Offices

Public

4 mint-linked RBI Offices

RBI Offices

Presses

4 Mints

Reserve Bank of India

network of currency chests
Network of Currency Chests
  • RBI is located only in 18 places for currency operations
  • Distribution of notes and coins throughout the country is done through designated bank branches, called chests
  • Chest is a receptacle in a commercial bank to store notes and coins on behalf of the Reserve Bank
  • Deposit into chest leads to credit of the commercial bank’s account and withdrawal, debit

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more on currency chest
More on Currency Chest
  • Meets currency requirement of public
  • Withdraws unfit notes
  • Exchange facility from one denomination to another
  • Payment requirement of the Government
  • Exchange of mutilated notes
  • Avoids frequent movement of cash
  • Chest branch operates with minimum cash balance

Reserve Bank of India

currency chest mechanism
Currency Chest Mechanism
  • Net deposit /withdrawal of notes and coins at the chest is reported on daily basis to parent Issue Office
  • Overall deposit or withdrawal leads to credit or debit of bank’s account in RBI
  • Net withdrawal from chests means expansion of currency and deposits means contraction
  • Notes in circulation being the liability of RBI, it adjusts its asset-liability position centrally for such expansion or contraction

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movement of treasure
Movement of Treasure
  • Specially built trucks for short distance (journey completed during the day)
  • Railways for long distance
  • Guarded by police
  • Remittance accompanied by officials of RBI to chests
  • Further movement from chest to a branch done by the bank concerned

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how much to print mint
How much to print & mint
  • Incremental needs
  • Replacement needs
  • Reserve Needs
  • Statistical analysis and long-term forecast
  • Printing/minting allocated between the presses/mints and delivery schedule decided in advance

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capacity of presses mints
Capacity of Presses & Mints
  • Total annual capacity of Presses: 18 bn
  • Can print up to 28 bn with two shifts
  • Total minting capacity: 4,700 mn
  • RBI’s annual needs:
    • Notes: about 12,000 mn pieces
    • Coins: about 5,000 mn pieces

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challenges of distribution
Challenges of Distribution
  • Size of the country and volume of currency
  • Security and availability of railway wagons when required
  • Political boundaries defining jurisdiction of Issue Offices lead to sub-optimal logistics
  • Cross movement of currency is unavoidable

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cross movement of currency
Cross-movement of Currency

Fresh Notes/Coins from Press/Mint pass on to the banks/public only through RBI offices – hence cross-movement

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challenges of distribution contd
Challenges of Distribution (contd)
  • Security- police is preoccupied with other activities of priority
  • Private security is unavailable and not favoured
  • Transport through railways involves enormous coordination of logistics
  • Privatization of transport – introduced recently in respect of coins only

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supply bottleneck
Supply Bottleneck
  • Scarce Printing capacity for over a decade till 1999
    • Pace of replacement of old currency was slow leading to deteriorating quality
    • Inefficiencies in arranging return flow of notes as chests hardly sorted notes as fit/unfit
    • Temporary respite through imports in 1997-98 (3.6 bn pieces)

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problem of plenty the present transition
Problem of plenty - the present transition
  • Enough printing capacity since 1999
  • Governor announces clean note policy
  • All RBI offices receive enough fresh note supply; vaults full with old and new notes
  • Chests overflowing with soiled/unsorted notes
  • An apparent impasse

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breaking the impasse
Breaking the impasse
  • Capacity to process and destroy notes in RBI needed to increase so that
    • Stock of soiled notes within RBI could be destroyed releasing vault space
    • Expeditious withdrawal of notes from chests could be initiated

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breaking the impasse21
Breaking the impasse
  • Special methods announced enabling higher output in processing
  • Installation of processing systems (BPS 1060S) in 9 Offices
  • Shredding & briquetting in all offices

Million pieces

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coin distribution some new steps
Coin Distribution – Some new steps
  • Mobile van at city centres
  • Distribution through milk cooperatives in the state of Gujarat
  • Through Post Offices in rural areas – a beginning made in Maharashtra
  • Coin dispensing machines in public places and bank branches
  • Issue of notes of lower denominations to bulk users by RBI is compulsorily accompanied by issue of some part in coins

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early results
Early results
  • Clean Note Policy made a success
  • Currency processing systems have stabilized in operation
  • Modernization of mints show results
  • Import of coins and temporary printing of Rs.5 notes has improved the supply position

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meeting the challenge of distribution
Meeting the challenge of distribution
  • The volume should be contained within sustainable levels by
    • Shift in printing from lower to next higher denominations (a perceptible shift already visible)
    • Coinise Rs.10 denomination
    • Try out other substrate for printing – coating of paper or polymer, although currently there is no plan to introduce polymer notes.
  • Banks have been compelled to dispense with the age-old practice of stapling of notes
  • Sorting of notes to get decentralized through banks or processing centres

Reserve Bank of India

thank you

Thank you

Reserve Bank of India