RBI plans to print Rs.10 plastic notes

Soiled notes may soon be a thing of past with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) planning to introduce Rs 10 polymer banknotes whose life span would be four times the normal currency notes and would be difficult to imitate.

The apex bank has initially decided to introduce 100 crore pieces of Rs 10 polymer notes, for which it has floated a global tender, a senior central bank official said.

Explaining the rationale for the introduction of polymer notes, the official said these notes would have an average life span of five years compared with one year for the currency notes.

Besides, the official said these notes are cleaner than paper notes and it would be difficult to counterfeit the currency.

The polymer notes were first introduced in Australia to safeguard against counterfeiting of currency.

Besides Australia, other countries which have introduced plastic notes, include New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Bermuda, Brunei and Vietnam.

RBI has floated the tender for polymer notes and it has fixed October 20 as the last date for submitting expression of interest.

It is to be noted that RBI had said in 2002 that there was no proposal to introduce polymer/plastic notes of higher denomination in place of paper notes.

“RBI has been receiving several queries about the possibility of introducing polymer/plastic currency notes to replace the existing paper notes, especially in the denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 500 Rs 100 and Rs 50,” the central bank had said in a release.

Going by the increasing incidence detection of fake notes, RBI may consider introduction of higher denomination plastic notes.

courtesy: Press Trust of India


  1. R.Sajan says:

    RBI cannot print polymer currency. Securency International of Australia alone has the universal rights to print them.
    This is a bigger bribe story than the arms deals. Securency International, which holds the universal monopoly patent for plastic currency, is under investigation even in its own country Australia for massive bribing of officials of international governments. How much did they pay in India? They have been trying to sell plastic currency that is totally unsuitable in the tropics, to India from 2001. The Clean Note policy of the RBI was the first scheme to bring in plastic currency. Having to recycle every 6 months, plastic currency is difficult to sustain. Also, it cannot be folded.

  2. satish gupta says:

    dear sir.
    if your paper note is not running then how to run plastic note .

    ref.by :-