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RBI Refuses To Share Info Of Swachh Bharat Advertisements On New Notes

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has refused to share details of a decision to put the logo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project ‘clean India mission’ on the new Rs500 and Rs2,000 currency notes, citing security concerns among other reasons.

Replying to an RTI query, the central bank also did not give a copy of the guidelines on printing of advertisement—including promotion of central government-run initiatives—on the notes. “The information on form, material, design and security features of bank notes, other than available in public domain, is exempt from disclosure in terms of Section 8 (1) (a) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005,” the RBI said in response to the RTI application filed by a PTI correspondent.The Section bars “information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state, relation with foreign state or lead to incitement of an offence”.

Source – LiveMint

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