Demonetised Rs 1000, Rs 500 Notes Exchange Stopped Since Dec 30
10 days ago
Bhubaneswar: Depositors of demonetised Rs 1000, Rs 500 Indian currency notes on Wednesday staged protest before the zonal office of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) here as the exchange of the banned currency notes have been stopped since December 30.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Secretary and even the RBI had earlier announced soon after the demonetisation since November 8 midnight that the exchange would be facilitated at the respective zonal RBI offices of the States till March 31. Such a decision by the Centre as well as the RBI was even widely circulated through media for the public information.
An aggrieved depositor Sushanta Kumar Sahoo burst, “First notification was of March 31 deadline for exchange of the demonetised notes. I had been to attend the last rites and rituals of my deceased brother-in-law for which could not exchange at the bank within December 31. Now the RBI officials here say they are not permitted to exchange. They have pasted a notice outside for not accepting. That notice has got no formal endorsement or official seal and signature.”
Another depositor Rajendra Mishra complained, “Some old Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes were left behind with me and I had come to exchange here. Here the RBI officials say that they do not have any guideline as the exchange process has already expired since December 31. It has been said that Modiji has already taken decision that no such demonetised notes could further be exchanged before December 31. But, we’d been told earlier that March 31 was the last date.”
Notably, harassed people also protested before the RBI zonal office here on Monday and Tuesday also.
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