India plans to varnish 100-rupee notes on trial basis in 2019 - 2020

According to its annual report for 2018 - 2019, the Reserve Bank of India agenda for 2019 - 2020 includes plans to introduce varnished 100-rupee notes “on a field trial basis in order to increase the life of Indian banknotes.” Additionally, the bank “will develop a mechanism/device for aiding the visually impaired in identification of denomination of banknotes.”