There has been a significant increase in the rate of fake currency note detection and number of suspicious transactions filed, reveals the Reserve Bank of India’s Annual Report for fiscal 2016-17.
RBI details what it calls a “nation-wide exercise to estimate the density of fake Indian currency notes (FICNs) detected during the counting and verification of notes”. And finds that detection of counterfeit notes was 20.4 percent higher in FY17 than the previous year. Despite the rise the total value of counterfeit notes amounted to an insignificant Rs 42 crore.
Data suggests the increase is in notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination. Interestingly, even the new Rs 2,000 notes, issued after demonetisation, are already being counterfeited. The report says 638 fakes of this denomenation were detected.