Kota MP steps in, says will help siblings exchange Rs 96,000 in old notes
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Kota MP steps in, says will help siblings exchange Rs 96,000 in old notes

The brother and sister, who are orphaned, recently found in their house Rs 96,000 that were set aside by their mother

india Updated: Mar 26, 2017 19:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindstan Times, Kota
Demonetisation,Note ban,Kota orphans
The deadline for exchanging the scrapped 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes ended December 30. (AFP file photo)

A member of Parliament from Rajasthan has assured two orphaned siblings he would request the Centre to relax guidelines allowing them to exchange Rs 96,000 in demonetised currency found at their house recently.

Om Birla’s assurance came after 16-year-old Sooraj Banjara and his 11-year-old sister Saloni, who live in a children’s home in the city, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Reserve Bank of India has refused to change the scrapped bills.

The deadline for depositing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes, which were withdrawn on November 9, ended December 30.

Only non-resident Indians (NRIs) and those who were not in the country during the November 9-December 30 period can now do the exchange and that too at RBI offices.

Indians can change currency till March 31 while NRIs can do it till June 30.

The money, set aside by their mother, was found earlier this month when the Kota child welfare committee took the children to their house in Sahrawada village. Some jewellery was also found.

The house was locked after the siblings were brought to the children’s home four years ago when their mother was murdered. Their father had died earlier.

“I will raise the issue (exchange of the old notes) with the union government. I will request for relaxation of rules for the exchange. The exchanged notes can be kept as a fixed deposit in name of the orphaned girl,” Birla, who me the children on Sunday, said.

He would seek people’s help to raise funds for the education of the Banjara siblings if the notes were not exchanged, the MP said.

“After the RBI denied the exchange of the old banknotes, the children, on Saturday, wrote to the PM requesting him to arrange for the exchange,” news agency PTI quoted Gurubakshani as saying.

The letter was sent to the prime minister’s office, Gurubakshani said, adding he, too, wrote to the PMO and the finance ministry to request the exchange of 22 banknotes of 1,000 and 149 of 500.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Mar 26, 2017 19:40 IST