City POST offices continued to see a huge rush on Sunday with people pouring in either to deposit or exchange cash. There are 62 post offices (one Head Office and 61 sub-post offices) that come under Pune City East Division, while 52 post offices (one Head Office and 51 sub-post offices) come under the West Division.
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At Pune East Division, the total cash exchanged at the Head Office on Sunday was Rs 59.75 lakh, at sub-post offices the amount recorded was Rs 1,44,61,000. At West Division, the total cash exchanged on Sunday was Rs 37.95 lakh and at the sub-post offices the amount reached up to 1 crore 79. 65 lakh.
While around 7,000 exchanged cash in the East Division, in the West Division the figure touched nearly 6,680 people. The total cash exchanged at both the divisions was Rs 4.21 crore.
Abhijeet Bansode, Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Pune City East Division, said, “The rush has been rising by five-10 per cent everyday since Thursday. There was a shortage of 100 rupee note today. The ones available were given to around 60-80 people standing first in the queue. The others were given 20 rupee notes instead. All the sub-post offices were given sanctioned amount.”
Bansode added that as compared to Saturday, there was 42.50 per cent rise in cash exchange in the East Division sub-post offices and 1.25 per cent rise was witnessed at the East Division.
Deccan postmaster said there was sufficient cash at the post office. Between 10 am to 6 pm, he said the office attended around 300 customers. “We had kept two counters for the customers. Besides, two staff members were asked to help the customers with filling-up of the forms, document verification etc. The work went smoothly,” he added.
Rashmi Tiwari (45) said she had been waiting for Sunday to exchange her cash. “I went to Shivajinagar Post Office prepared to wait in the queue for hours. However, my turn came in almost an hour,” she said.
Bansode said amount to sub-post offices is disbursed once a day. “We have been sending requisition to the treasury. However, except the first day, the requisition hasn’t been met due to cash crunch,” he said.