New Delhi: The government has stopped printing Rs 2,000 currency notes in its bid to gradually stop their circulation, ThePrint reported on Thursday. Also Read - Another Demonetisation? Rumours Scare Small Firms Which Are Refusing Rs 2,000 Notes

According to the report, while the printing of the notes has been stopped doesn’t mean that it will become invalid but will gradually be phased out. Also Read - Rs 2,000 Notes Can be Demonetized Without Disruption: Ex-DEA Secretary Garg

The decision was taken by the government on suspicion that the currency note was being used for hoarding, tax evasion and money laundering. Also Read - How to Spot a Fake Rs 2000 Currency Note? Know All About The Salient Features

Following the announcement of the demonetisation decision on November 8, 2016, the government introduced the Rs 2,000 note to counter the massive cash shortage across the country.

The move to introduce a currency note of such high denomination was criticised by the opposition which had claimed that it would further held launderers and tax evaders.