Even as there was not let-up in the crowd and long queues at the banks, there was a bid to exchange banned currency notes at a religious shrine – the famous Chintpurni temple in Una district.
Deputy Commissioner Una Vikas Labroo confirmed to The Indian Express that he had got prima facie evidence of some people trying to get the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 face-value currency notes replaced with the cash received at the temple as offerings.
“I have removed the tehsildar and an assistant temple officer (a woman) who were allegedly involved in the conversion of the high domination currency notes with Rs 100 during counting of the offerings. An inquiry has also been ordered and stern action will be taken,” he said.
Labroo said tehsildar Amb and nail tehsildar of Bharwain have been posted in place of two officers. There will be full transparency in the counting of the offerings and any attempt of unscrupulous persons to exchange currency illegally will be viewed seriously. Meanwhile shortage of currency notes at the banks in the state have created serious problems for the citizens and also back officials who were forced to close down windows at some branches.
Reports said a local building contractor had sent daily wage workers to different banks for exchanging currency while a person reached a bank with Rs 64 lakh face-valued cash, while another deposited Rs 12.73 lakhs at OBC bank branch in Hamirpur district.
Anurag writes to FM
BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Saturday asked Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to ensure adequate arrangements for making currency available in Himachal Pradesh so as to meet the demand of citizens, who had been spending long time at the bank counters and returning disappointed.