In a move that would bring some relief to the public, Kerala government has extended the deadline for the payment of household utility bills and taxes including vehicle and building tax till November 30. But as per the Centre's directive,  Rs 500, and Rs 1000 notes will not be accepted after November 14. 

 

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that the extended deadline would be applicable for building tax, electricity bill, water bill, telephone bill and vehicle tax until November 30. No fine would be imposed even if the bills were due.  However, the relaxation will not apply to the payment of VAT and excise tariff. 


The Centre must allow using old notes until December 30 as it failed to ensure the supply of adequate currency notes to replaced the cancelled  notes, Vijayan said. Ordinary people are having a tough time  due to the sudden withdrawal of currencies, he added.

 

Five days after the surprise pullout of  Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on the midnight of November 8, the new notes have not reached banks to meet the demand.   The Centre has allowed the use of old currency at government hospitals, railway tickets, public transport, milk booths, petrol pumps, crematorial and burial grounds, railway catering, road toll, purchase of medicines, gas cylinders and household utility bills till November 14.