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Banks disbursing soiled notes, sprayed with perfume, insecticides

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Nov 19: Battling an unprecedented cash crunch after the government spiked high-value currency notes, banks at various places have been receiving soiled Rs 100 notes for disbursal that were otherwise supposed to be dumped after being taken out of circulation years ago. Many customers in Delhi complained that they received some of these soiled and almost mouldy currency notes that in the odd case even smelt bad.

A bank mager, who wished not to be med, said: “The RBI is sending old 100 rupee notes stored for years but not destroyed, These notes smell. We are spraying them with perfumes and insecticides before disbursing them.”

The mager said that a large number Rs 100 notes worth millions of rupees have been returned for circulation to rrow down the huge cash demand-supply gap after the November 8 demonetisation of 500 and 1,000 rupee notes — which accounted for 86 per cent of the currency in circulation. However, it appears that the Central bank may not have dumped some of these notes in years and these have now come to the RBI’s rescue in these times of a severe cash crunch. Long queues outside banks and ATMs continued for the ninth day on Saturday with people jostling to get cash to meet their daily needs.

Although the Fince Ministry and the RBI insist that there are sufficient number of new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes to replace the estimated Rs 14.5 lakh crore sucked out of the economy by the demonetisation, there is clear evidence of a shortage.

While some attribute this to logistical issues — the problem of getting the new notes to bank branches across the country — others have made calculations, based on the printing capacity of the four currency presses in the country, to contend that the demand-supply mismatch will take anywhere between six and nine months to bridge. (IANS)

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