Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the nation from New Delhi.
The Press Information Bureau tweeted stating that the Prime Minister will talk in Hindi first, followed by English.
8:34 pm: This is a chance for every citizen to take part in the fight against black money and corruption, says the prime minister.
8:32 pm: A new series of Rs. 500 currency notes and Rs. 2000 currency notes will be brought into circulation.
8:31 pm: Banks will be closed on November 9.
8:30 pm: There is no restrictions on internet banking, cash, demand draft transactions.
8:27 pm: Rs 10,000 daily cash withdrawal and Rs 20,000 weekly cash withdrawal limit
8:25 pm: There are, however, some exemptions. Government hospitals and international airports.
8:22 pm: The ATMs will not function till November 9, and in some places till November 10.
8:21 pm: People who possess Rs.500 or Rs. 1000 currency notes after December 30 can exchange it at Reserve Bank of India by providing a declaration. This is till March 31, 2017.
8:20 pm: These notes should be exchanged in banks and head post offices and sub post office within December 30, 2016, by providing a valid identity proof such as Aadhaar, PAN card or voter ID card.
8:15 pm: From midnight of November 8, 2016, Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 will cease to be legal tender. “These notes are just papers from tomorrow,” says the prime minister.
8:11 pm: Prime Minister says Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 are notes are mostly used in black money.
8:10 pm: Corruption, black money and terrorism can come in the way of a country’s robust economic growth, says the Prime Minister.
8:07 pm: He moves on from corruption to terrorism. He tells “terrorsists from across the border” are spreading counterfeit currency notes.
8:06 pm: We hear stories of how autorickshaw driver returns gold left by a passenger in his vehicle. These stories tell how common people are honest. It is only a few people engage in corruption for selfish reasons, he says.
8:05 pm: Corruption and black money are the biggest hindrances in the fight against poverty, he says adding that it is everyone’s responsibility to eradicate poverty.
8:04 pm: Mr. Modi lists out the various schemes launched by NDA government in his address to the nation. He mentions the Jan Dhan Yojana.
8:03 pm: This govt is dedicated to the poor, and will continue to do so, says the Prime Minister who completes two-and-a-half years of rule today.
8:02 pm: India has registered itself as a bright spot, and its not that this is a claim made by us, but by IMF and World Bank
8:01 pm: When we were elected in 2014, there was a discussion that among BRICS nations, the ‘I’ was wobbling, says the PM.
8:00 pm: The Prime Minister’s address to the nation has begun.