Pradeep Pattanayak

With the deadline to deposit and exchange Rs 2000 currency notes at bank branches already ended on October 7, a good number of people thronged the RBI Regional office in Bhubaneswar to exchange the currency notes on Tuesday. 

Surprisingly enough, some labour class people were also seen waiting for their turns in the queue. 

Investigation revealed they came to the RBI Regional office at the behest of some others, including reputed business houses. When asked, they said they had been engaged by some others. One of them even said he had been sent by Kalamandir, a well-known showroom in Bhubaneswar.  

“The owner of Kalamandir showroom sent me to exchange their Rs 2000 currency notes. In turn, they will give me Rs 300. I also came yesterday to exchange their notes,” said a person. 

“Whatever we are doing is to feed our empty stomachs. If you engage me to do something, I will do it for money. As a huge crowd has turned up at the branch, they are sending us to exchange the currency notes,” he added. 

On the other hand, the showroom authorities denied the allegations. 

“I just came to know about this. It is one hundred percent false. I don’t know anything about it. It is all nonsense,” said Rajinder Singh, partner Kalamandir.

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