Vikash Sharma

After high drama in front of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) office in Bhubaneswar, a special programme was organised by Canara Bank at Unit-8 to assist people in getting their soiled or mutilated currency notes exchanged. The currency note exchange mela was inaugurated by RBI Bhubaneswar’s Regional Director, Sharada Prasanna Mohanty.

Clearing the air, Mohanty said that there is already a provision where people can get their torn, soiled or mutilated notes exchanged at banks across the state.

“Through currency chests, we are asking banks to conduct such melas. We are also deploying manpower to provide technical assistance. We are going to organise such fairs at district level through banks. There is a provision that banks can organise such programmes to exchange torn, soiled notes,” said Mohanty.

Mohanty further informed that if any bank is not accepting torn or soiled notes, people can lodge complaints with the RBI ombudsman.

Apart from this, the RBI has also constituted squads who undertake surprise visits to banks and check whether they are accepting torn and soiled notes and getting them exchanged. As people from remote areas cannot come to Bhubaneswar to get their torn notes exchanged, such programmes will be organised at the district level as well.

This year, banks across Odisha have exchanged Rs 7-8 crore torn and soiled banknotes so far, Mohanty added.

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