The government on Tuesday said it is not considering extending the December 30 deadline for deposit of invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes and maintained that there is sufficient cash available with the RBI and banks.

The statement was made in the Rajya Sabha as people continue to queue up at banks to deposit old high value notes and withdraw new cash.

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"There is sufficient cash available with the Reserve Bank of India and banks. Circulation of notes in respect of Rs 100 has already been increased," Minister of State for Finance Arun Ram Meghwal said in a written reply.

On whether the December 30 deadline will be extended, he said, "No such proposal for extension of deadline beyond December 30, 2016, is presently under consideration of the government."

To cater to the requirements of rural areas, banks have been advised to supply notes of smaller denominations (Rs 100 and less), Meghwal added.

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As on November 8, the day demonetisation was announced, there were 1,716.50 crore pieces of Rs 500 and 685.80 crore Rs 1,000 notes in circulation.

To another question, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said RBI advises banks from time to time to enhance security arrangements at their branches and ATMs.

This include coverage of ATM sites by CCTVs and ensuring adequate training of security staff posted there.

Banks have also been advised to review and strengthen the security arrangements in their branches/ATMs to deal with instances of robberies and risk perceptions emerging from such incidents.

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