New Delhi: In order to lessen complications after the demonetisation of high denomination currency notes, Maharashtra government on Monday extended the payment deadlines for government dues in the state.

Date for allowing acceptance of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for payment of electricity bill, water bill, property tax or any kind of government dues have been extended till November 24, 2016 midnight.

State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked the state education department to issue instructions to universities to accept exam and tuition fees by cheque instead of DD/pay order. Instructions also are issued to MSBTE for polytechnic colleges to accept cheque towards fees instead of DD/pay order for students’ convenience.

Officials of government held a meeting with school bus operators and it was agreed that they will cooperate with the government authority.

The CM has directed the State Road Transport Corporation to allow free transport of 50 kg of vegetables per farmer on its buses till November 24. He also asked banks to arrange mobile vans in cities and interior areas of the state, so that old notes can be easily exchanged in permissible limits.

Further, transporters are exempted from toll tax and border check posts in the state.

“There will be exemption of toll tax till 18th Nov midnight (including Mumbai). Service charges at border check posts are also exempted,” said Fadnavis.

Earlier, Maharashtra government declared all state roads to be toll-tax free until the midnight of November 11 after receiving numerous complaints from transporters about being stuck in long queues and traffic jams.

Day after Narendra Modi-led government announced demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, there were incidents of chaos occurred at toll booths in the state. Fadnavis directed all toll operators to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes and gave strict warning against those who refused to accept it.