"The size of new design Rs 500 bank note is 66mm x 150mm and the size of new design Rs 2,000 bank note is 66mm x 166mm", Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said two types of 500 currency notes were issued to serve the objective of the party and the government.
Opposition Congress, supported by TMC and JD (U), disrupted the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha over what it called as "biggest scam of this century" in the printing of two different kinds of 500 and 1000 rupee notes. "This does not mean there are two different sets of bank notes", said the sources. Zero hours is being misused....irresponsible remarks are being made about the Currency.
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O Brien backed the Congress and said, "Look at the notes". Kapil Sibal also interrupted the proceeding of the House demanding that the nation needs to know about the issue that why two different size notes were printed.
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It demanded that the government explain where and how they were printed as the issue "raises questions over financial structure of the country". Kurien, however, asked leader to give a separate notice. Not satisfied, Congress members trooped into the well raising slogans and the House was adjourned for 15 minutes till 1143. "You will get the answer", he said. "We never printed two kinds of notes, one for the party and one for the government - there are two kinds of Rs 500 notes and two kinds of Rs 2,000 notes".
Outraged by the implementation of demonetisation by the Centre, Sibal said, "Today we have discovered why the government took the demonetisation decision". It added that the difference in size "jeopardizes" the credibility of India's currency and has "huge" global ramifications. "Citizens will be confused about their authenticity".
Congress leader Kapil Sibal claimed that different sizes of the new high denomination currency are being printed - "one for the ruling party (members) and one for the others".