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[Demonetisation] NRIs to submit Declaration-Form while depositing Demonetised Notes on Arrival


1. In terms of Gazette Notification No 2652 dated November 08, 2016 issued by the Government of India, Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denominations of Bank Notes of the existing series issued by Reserve Bank of India (hereinafter referred to as Specified Bank Notes (SBNs) ceased to be legal tender with effect from November 09, 2016 to the extent specified in the said notification.

2. Subsequent to this, President of India has approved the promulgation of the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities Ordinance) Ordinance, 2016 (Ord. 10 of 2016) on 30.12.2016. The ordinance imposes penal liabilities on the holders of SBNs after the specified date. The main objectives of the Ordinance are:
a. to provide clarity and finality to the liability of the Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India for the SBNs;
b. to provide an opportunity to those persons who were unable to deposit the SBNs within the time provided.
c. to declare holding, transferring or receiving SBNs as illegal, with provisions for penalty for contravention of any of the provisions of the Ordinance.
3. Pursuant to the Ordinance, the Central Government has specified, in respect of a citizen of India, referred to in clause (i) of sub-section (1) of section 4 of the said Ordinance, the grace period for tendering the SBNs as below—
(a) who is a resident in India, the period ending on the 31st day of March, 2017; and
(b) who is not resident in India, the period ending on the 30th day of June, 2017,

4. The above facility would be subject to the "Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015. As per these regulations bringing back such currency into the country is restricted to Rs.25, OOO/- per person. It may be noted that persons returning from Nepal and Bhutan are not permitted to carry SBNs.

5. For the period from up to 31.3 17 or 30.6.17, as applicable, a declaration form will need to be filled by resident Indians and Non-resident Indians coming to India and carrying SBNs for depositing these SBNs in the specified offices of RBI in India. At the airport/land customs stations etc on entry, Customs stamp on the said forms shall be affixed and the same shall be submitted along with other documents to RBI offices. In this regard, a form, has been devised as annexed to this Circular, which is to be filled by the NRs/ NRIs for the above purpose.

6. Since the form to be filled in by the passenger bearing the Customs stamp would be crucial in subsequently facilitating the deposit of SBNs in the specified issue offices of RBI, the Customs formations may keep a copy of the said form (preferably in a scanned format) for their own record and later reference, if any. The Customs officer shall strictly count the number of notes and tally the total amount mentioned before stamping the form submitted by the passenger.

7. Since it is a facilitation measure to enable resident Indians and non-resident Indians deposit SBNs, when they arrive in India, within the time frame provided above, therefore, measures may be taken to give this Circular adequate publicity by making suitable arrangements with Airport authorities and individual airlines etc. Additional Customs staff may be deputed for this purpose, wherever required. While discharging the above task, care may be taken that due courtesy is extended to the declarants and that no unnecessary inconvenience is caused.

8. Difficulties, if any in the implementation of this Circular may be brought to the knowledge of the Board.

Form for depositing SBNs in RBI for International Passengers

Sl. No.
Item
Particulars
1
Name of the Passenger

2
Passport No.

3
Status whether Resident Indian or Non Resident Indian

4
Address in India

5
Flight No./ Mode by which arrived

6
Date of Arrival

7
Country of Departure

8
Place of disembarkation

9
Quantity of SBNs
Number of Rs. 500 ________

Number of Rs. 1000 ________

10
Total Amount Rs.


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