The lawyers had written to the Centre arguing that even though the government issued the notification for these coins in March 2019 and PM Narendra Modi released the series, these coins are available in very limited numbers in the market. In fact, the Rs 20 denomination-coin is so scarce that it is being sold online for nearly 10 times its actual value, said Rohit Dandriyal, one of the advocates who approached the government.
The coins, in denomination of Rs 1, Rs 2, Rs 5, Rs 10 and Rs . and Rs 20, were introduced in March 2019 with several features to help visually impaired people. But they remain in low circulation even two and half years later, said the lawyers in their letter to the Centre.
The group also cited Right To Information (RTI) replies received from several banks to show that though they had been supplied these coins by the RBI in the year 2019-20 and 2020-21, they failed to bring them into the market for the common people.