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Printing a one-rupee note costs Rs 1.14

The cost of printing one rupee note, which was recently re-introduced after a gap of 20 years, is Rs 1.14, more than its value, an RTI query has revealed. The Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India (SPMCIL), under the central government, said in the RTI response that the cost is subject to audit, which is in progress, for <g data-gr-id="34">financial year</g> 2014-15.

“The cost of one rupee note is Rs 1.14 (provisionally and unaudited) as determined in accordance with the principle of costing and costing module,” it said replying to the application filed by activist Subhash Chandra  Agrawal. The printing of one-rupee notes was discontinued in 1994 because of high printing cost as compared to their lives.

Similarly, the notes of <g data-gr-id="20">two-rupees</g> and <g data-gr-id="21">five-rupees</g> denominations were subsequently discontinued for the same reason, Agrawal said. The denominations have been <g data-gr-id="22">coinised</g>.

However, the Union Finance Ministry subsequent to a <g data-gr-id="29">gazette-notification</g> dated December 16, <g data-gr-id="30">2014</g> ultimately re-issued one-rupee notes on March 6, <g data-gr-id="31">2015</g> at Shrinathji Temple (Nathdwara), Rajasthan, Agrawal said.

Unlike other currency notes which the bear signature of RBI Governor, the one rupee note has <g data-gr-id="46">signature</g> of the Finance Secretary, and Agrawal demanded an enquiry into the “retrogressive” step. “Enquiry should be made if retrogressive step of re-issue of costly one rupee notes was taken so that signature of top bureaucrat of Union Finance Ministry may appear on these notes for becoming a historical feature in future,” he said.
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