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To Tackle Cash Crunch, Banks in India disbursing Soiled Currency Notes, sprayed with Perfume and Insecticides

Such soiled and damaged notes are usually returned to banks and sent to RBI offices where they are ferried to dumping sites

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New Delhi, November 19, 2016: Battling an unprecedented cash crunch after the government spiked high-value currency notes, banks at various places have been receiving soiled Rs 100 notes for disbursal that were otherwise supposed to be dumped after being taken out of circulation years ago.

Many customers in Delhi complained to IANS that they received some of these soiled and almost mouldy currency notes that in the odd case even smelt bad.

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A bank manager, who wished not to be named, told IANS: “The RBI is sending old 100-rupee notes stored for years but not destroyed, These notes smell. We are spraying them with perfumes and insecticides before disbursing them.”

The manager said that a large number of 100-rupee notes worth millions of rupees have been returned for circulation to narrow down the huge cash demand-supply gap after the November 8 demonetisation of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes — which accounted for 86 per cent of the currency in circulation.

As a normal practice, such soiled and damaged notes are usually returned to banks and sent to RBI offices where they are put into shredder machines and ferried to dumping sites.

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However, it appears that the central bank may not have dumped some of these notes in years and these have now come to the RBI’s rescue in these times of a severe cash crunch.

Long queues outside banks and ATMs continued for the ninth day on Saturday with people jostling to get cash to meet their daily needs.

Although the Finance Ministry and the RBI insist that there are sufficient number of new Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes to replace the estimated Rs 14.5 lakh crore sucked out of the economy by the demonetisation, there is clear evidence of a shortage.

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While some attribute this to logistical issues — the problem of getting the new notes to bank branches across the country — others have made calculations, based on the printing capacity of the four currency presses in the country, to contend that the demand-supply mismatch will take anywhere between six and nine months to bridge. (IANS)

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With the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) hiking repo rates in its bi-monthly monetary policy review by 25 bps, interest rates of several loans have already started tightening. Though aimed to control inflation, it’s anticipated that home loan borrowers will bear the brunt of the latest move by the apex bank.

Hike in repo rate would push up home loan interest rates and subsequently the EMIs. The move might be a dampener if you are a first-time home loan borrower. However, with Bajaj Finserv Flexi Hybrid Home Loan, not only do you get the requisite funds to buy your dream home but are also relieved of heavy EMIs. Read on to know more.

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