To encourage banks to ensure genuine requirements of the public for Rs 100 banknotes are met, RBI said it has been decided to conduct a pilot under which 10 per cent of ATMs in the country will be calibrated to dispense such notes exclusively, reported PTI.
"With a view to encouraging the banks in that direction, it has been decided to conduct a pilot project wherein 10 per cent of the ATMs in the country will be calibrated to dispense Rs 100 banknotes exclusively."
The Reserve Bank further said banks are, therefore, advised to configure / calibrate 10 per cent of ATMs to facilitate this arrangement.
The central bank recently had conducted a review of steps taken by banks for installing ATMs dispensing lower denomination banknotes.
Noting that the process of configuring the requisite number of machines is not complex, RBI said the banks are required to complete the exercise within 15 days from the date of the circular and report compliance.
"For this purpose, banks are free to select the branches with the sample covering relatively large number of centres / states," it said as per the media report.