Cash shortage to continue for 4 to 5 months: Bank union

According to Bank Employees Federation of India, cash shortage will continue even if the four currency note printing presses run at their optimum capacity


As on March this year, there were 15,707 million pieces of old Rs500 notes and 6,326 million pieces of Rs1,000 notes in circulation. Photo: PTI
As on March this year, there were 15,707 million pieces of old Rs500 notes and 6,326 million pieces of Rs1,000 notes in circulation. Photo: PTI

Kolkata: The Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) on Friday said currency note shortage will continue for another four to five months even if the country’s all four currency press facilities work at optimum capacity.

According to them, the cash scarcity spilling over to next week will make people more impatient when receiving and withdrawing salary will become difficult. “Cash shortage will continue even if the four currency note printing presses run at their optimum capacity. It will take four to five months to restore normalcy in cash supply,” bank employees’ union BEFI general secretary P. K. Biswas said here.

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Biswas alleged that some customers have vandalised bank property in some of branches of public sector banks and halted banking operations due to cash shortage post-demonetisation. As on March this year, there were 15,707 million pieces of old Rs500 notes and 6,326 million pieces of Rs1,000 notes in circulation, the union said.

The situation “can turn worse” in a week or so if the customers face difficulties in withdrawing their salaries from banks and ATMs, BEFI said. It said printing ink and dice for new denomination notes have reached the Salboni printing facility in West Bengal, but when the actual printing will start is yet to be known.

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