Probe ordered into currency exchange bid at Himachal Pradesh temple

Shortage of currency notes at the banks in the state created serious problems for citizens.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Published:November 13, 2016 1:45 am

Even as the long queues continued at the banks, there was a reported bid to exchange banned currency notes at a religious shrine — the Chintpurni temple in Una district of Himachal Pradesh. Deputy Commissioner Una Vikas Labroo told The Indian Express that he had prima facie evidence of some people trying to get currency notes of denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 replaced with cash received at the temple as offerings.

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“I have removed the tehsildar and an assistant temple officer, who were allegedly involved in the conversion of the high-domination notes with Rs 100 during counting of offerings. An inquiry has also been ordered and stern action will be taken,” he said.

Labroo said the Amb tehsildar and naib tehsildar of Bharwain have been posted in place of the two officers. There will be full transparency in the counting of offerings and any attempt to exchange currency illegally will be viewed seriously, he added.

Meanwhile, shortage of currency notes at the banks in the state created serious problems for citizens.

*Anurag writes to FM

BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Saturday asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ensure adequate arrangements to make currency available in Himachal Pradesh. Citizens had been spending a long time at bank counters and returning disappointed, he added.