Demonetisation: Russia says diplomats facing cash crunch, threatens similar curbs

The Russian Ambassador sought intervention of the External Affairs Ministry so that the withdrawal restrictions for diplomatic staff are lifted.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2016 5:10 pm
new notes, india new notes, russia. russia india, india russian diplomats, russia news, diplomats in india, cash for diplomats in india, india news The Dean of Diplomatic Corps has also raised the issue, complaining about the problems faced by the missions.

Demonetization is taking a toll on Indian diplomacy, with Russia lodging a strong protest over cash shortage affecting the functioning of its embassy here and threatening retaliatory action. Pressing the External Affairs Ministry to intervene to get restrictions on cash withdrawals by Russian diplomats lifted, its Ambassador Alexander Kadakin has written to it saying embassy’s normal functioning was getting impacted with the “inadequate” amount limit of Rs 50,000 per week.

State Bank of India has informed the Embassy that the cash withdrawal limit available to the Embassy is now Rs 50,000 per week under the government of India directives with no exceptions unless otherwise advised by the RBI, his letter said. “Such an amount is totally inadequate as regards the embassy’s salary and operational expenditure requirements,” the letter added.

“We are awaiting a reply from the MEA and hope that this is resolved quickly. Otherwise, we will be forced to explore other options which may include raising the issue in Moscow with your Embassy by summoning Indian Minister Counsellor,” a senior Russian embassy official said in New Delhi.

Other retaliatory options may include restriction on the cash withdrawals for Indian diplomats posted in Russia, the official indicated. There are approximately 200 staffers in Russian diplomatic mission in the national capital. There was no immediate reaction from the Indian side on the complaint.

Russia is not the first one to complain about the demonetization-induced restrictions. Earlier, the Dean of Diplomatic Corps had also raised the issue with the External Affairs Ministry. It is also understood that some other countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan have also raised the issue with the ministry.

After the demonetization last month, MEA had said it has approached Department of Economic Affairs over issues including those related to maintaining sufficient flow of funds to diplomatic missions following demonetization and was awaiting a decision by the finance ministry regarding it.

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    Kds
    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:54 pm
    Russians have become new friend of Porkistan.They r now in their honeymoon period for their arms business.Hence this change in atude for India.All the Porki jihadi agents under fake names stop cursing Modi and India.
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      Venugopalan
      Dec 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm
      Russia has aligned with stan and therefor treated as terrorist country by Shri Modi JI. Do you agree with me my dear fellow Bhakts?
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        Raj Dhulia
        Dec 6, 2016 at 10:44 am
        The Russians may be having stacks of black money. Common people are sleeping with peace. The Russians should be sent to stan. Don't they know our soldiers on the border face so many difficulties?
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          kris
          Dec 7, 2016 at 11:06 am
          that doesnt mean a diplomat in delhi cannot use card
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            Amit
            Dec 7, 2016 at 11:36 pm
            I know but what about small stuff... I use to take her to GOA, Humpi, lt;br/gt;and in our maharashtra pune, mahabaleshwar, lonawalalt;br/gt;everywhere you can't use card in smaller shops the way her hobbies to buy souvenirs and small other accessories. anyway i handle this situation. i am going there next week
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              Amit
              Dec 7, 2016 at 6:25 am
              Russia use card transactions lt;br/gt;there most people used transaction cards but they have them one reliable bank. which even for foreigners also very trusting and excellent rate bank ever. as My own experience.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;they have them own banks and credit cards which will cost here if they used to withdraw.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;My girlfriend is Russian and she traveled here in India before and i saw she used her those cards here and that's cost her every time. even I live in Russia 2 years.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Russian cautions for very small small things. this is the only reason there government allowed 24/7 open following Supermarket, Shop, they created Alcho market, restaurant, medical shop. they are use to it with this lifestyle. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;They are good taking care of foreigners requirements. why they should change them daily lifestyle. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;even after that these russians followed indian rules. in India hardly 24/7 services available. they respectively followed. lt;br/gt;Now this ban notes defiantly they are upset with it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;what our government did they ban notes put rules on withdraw without thinking of any future trouble. my girlfriend was wishing to come india to celebrate Christmas but because of all mess she cancelled and now i have to go there to meet her. lt;br/gt;Grrrr! all messing up. Thanks to Indian government her sweetest dream broken by you cruelly. good she cancelled her plan to visit India. now i will go to celebrate Russian Christmas with her.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Russian Truly Love India. there each one of person dream to visit Indialt;br/gt;they follow Indian culture as well I met many local of people there and they all respect and love our country. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Please guys do not blame them instead understand them feelings
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                Amit
                Dec 7, 2016 at 7:29 am
                This ban note purpose only to stop corruption right... lt;br/gt;if Foreigners and these employee have them pport... why not government make different department for them where with their pport they can withdraw the cash. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I have seen in foreign big bank where you can convert currency as well and for huge amount there required pport lt;br/gt;they have different room counter like the same they can convert currency or withdraw cash... as suggestion lt;br/gt;if this kind of facilities government can make for them
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                  Amit
                  Dec 7, 2016 at 3:55 am
                  Bloody negative thinking
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                    Amit
                    Dec 7, 2016 at 3:01 am
                    Russia is our India close and old friend and India haves to respect them feelings. Find the solution Asap. And give them convenient facilities.
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