Devanagri numerals on currency notes against Constitution: DMK

DMK on Wednesday raised the issue of new currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 containing Devanagari numerals which is against the Constitution.

Published: 08th February 2017 08:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th February 2017 08:14 PM   |  A+A-

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By IANS

NEW DELHI: DMK on Wednesday raised the issue of new currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000 containing Devanagari numerals which is against the Constitution as an international form of Indian numerals should be used.

DMK leader Tiruchi Siva raised the matter during Zero Hour and said that Devanagari numerals on currency notes not only shows preference to the Hindi speaking groups but may also lead to a feeling of alienation among those who do not belong to this group.

“If at all the Devanagari numerals is to be used on the currency notes, it can be done only after the passage of an Act of Parliament. The use of Devanagari numerals was not present in earlier currency notes, which had the notes’ denomination written in English and Hindi and 15 out of 22 of India’s official languages on the note. However, an only international form of numerals has been used thus far,” he said.

He demanded the government to change the error immediately in new notes being printed. Several members of the house supported his demand.



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