Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – The central bank of Bangladesh on Monday issued BDT1000-denomination bank notes for the first time in the country to meet the growing demand of the currency in the market.

“We’ve issued the 1000-taka bank notes,” Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed told reporters at a press briefing on the day, adding that many security features have been taken to check counterfeiting of the highest denomination bank note.

The note is a little larger in size than other notes in circulation while the colour is reddish-violet. Besides many other security features of the note, signed by BB Governor Salehuddin Ahmed, it bears pictures of Shaheed Minar on the front and Curzon Hall of Dhaka University on the back.

The cause of blind people was also considered in minting the new note as they would easily feel five circles printed on the right side of the note after touching the currency note, officials said.

They said the highest denomination bank notes have released from the central bank’s Motijheel office on the day and later from all offices of the BB gradually. The central bank has issued 200 million pieces of BDT1000-denomination bank note initially, the official confirmed.

Most of the countries in South Asia including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already issued such currency notes.

BBN/SSR/SI/AD-27October08-4:01 PM (BST)