Subramanian Swamy advocated printing the picture of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, on banknotes to improve the Indian currency. He said, ‘I believe that if the picture of Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, can improve the condition of the Indian rupee by appearing in a banknote, then there is no need to feel bad about it.’
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Where did Gandhi’s photo come from!
This picture was taken when Gandhiji stood beside Frederick Pethick Lawrence, who was serving as British Secretary in India at the Viceroy’s House in Kolkata. From this picture, Gandhi’s face has been inscribed on Indian notes in the form of a portrait.
The picture of King George was sometimes printed on the notes!
The Indian rupee remained in 16 ounces till 1957. After this, the decimal system of currency was adopted and one rupee was created in 100 money. The note bearing the photo of King George was in circulation till 1949. After this came the note with Ashoka Pillar. The paper notes of Mahatma Gandhi started in 1996, which is still in circulation.
Changes in notes in 1996!
Today, we are seeing a picture of Gandhiji on Indian notes, whereas earlier Ashoka pillar was inscribed on the notes. In 1996, it was decided by the Reserve Bank of India to change the notes. According to this, the photo of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and the photo of Ashoka Pillar were replaced on the lower side of the note on the left side of the Ashoka Pillar.