Soldier Back From Siachen, Many Others Turned Away Outside RBI For Exchange Of Old Currency
NAIK MAHENDRA Singh was serving at roughly 20,000 feet above sea level in Siachen when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 last year. Singh, who had Rs 6,000 in old notes in his pocket, heard the PM’s address only a few days later, when the weather improved and radio transmission became clear. After getting leave, he took a bus to RBI headquarter in Delhi from his village in Rajasthan, just to be turned away. The soldier said that he was not aware that the March 31 deadline had been changed. The option only exists for NRIs and those who were outside the country between November 8 and December 30 last year. Another soldier posted at the Army headquarters in Maoist-hit Jharkhand shared a similar plight outside the RBI office trying to exchange old notes. Carrying Rs 19,000 in old notes, the soldier questioned how they were supposed to get news and take leave to get old notes exchanged. While several other shared the similar plight, many ask why are the guidelines not in place in such cases. Among the others outside the RBI building were NRIs and those who were out of the country over the last few months.