`2,000 notes printed when Ra­jan was RBI guv bear Pa­tel’s sign

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jee­van Prakash Sharma let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com Puja Ped­nekar puja.ped­nekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The new 2000-ru­pee ban­knotes carry the sig­na­ture of present cen­tral bank chief Ur­jit Pa­tel but the process to print those bills be­gan when his pre­de­ces­sor Raghu­ram Ra­jan was still in of­fice, an HT in­ves­ti­ga­tion has found.

Two RBI presses that pro­duced Rs 2000 bills told HT that they ini­ti­ated the “first stage of print­ing process” on Au­gust 22, the first work­ing day af­ter the gov­ern­ment named Pa­tel the next cen­tral bank chief. Pa­tel, how­ever, didn’t take over from Ra­jan un­til al­most two weeks later on Septem­ber 4, rais­ing ques­tions over why the out­go­ing gover­nor’s sig­na­ture was not on the bills.

More than 3.4 lakh stu­dents will take the up­com­ing Class 12 Higher Sec­ondary Cer­tifi­cate (HSC) ex­ams from the Mum­bai di­vi­sion, which in­cludes Thane, Pal­ghar and Raigad. This num­ber is 6% more than last year and pos­si­bly the high­est ever in the exam’s his­tory. The num­ber of exam tak­ers has grown by close to 20,000 this year (as of Thurs­day) and is ex­pected to rise fur­ther as form-17 stu­dents com­plete reg­is­tra­tions.

Ur­jit Pa­tel (left) and Raghu­ram Ra­jan:

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