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Rs 3 lakh in scrapped notes found in Jagannath Temple donation boxes

The temple administration said that old and scrapped notes are now a major concern for it.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 21:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bhubaneswar
Sri Jagannath Temple,Donation Box,Scrapped Notes
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Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today said it has received a large number of scrapped notes of Rs 5,000 and Rs 1,000 denomination since the demonetisation scheme was implemented in November last year.

All scrapped notes were found in the ‘Hundis’ (donation boxes) of the 12th century shrine at Puri, said Maheswar Panigrahi, the administrator (Niti).

The temple has received Rs 3 lakh in old Rs 500 and 1,000 notes during Rath Yatra festival from July 10 to July 20, he said.

Stating that old and scrapped notes are now a major concern for the temple administration, Panigrahi said so far scrapped currency notes worth over Rs 12 lakh have been recovered from several donation boxes at the temple after the demonetisation drive.

“We have written a letter to RBI for considering the matter as the notes are from the donation boxes. We hope RBI will consider the case. The old currency is in safe custody,” Panigrahi said.

The Centre on November 8, 2016 scrapped old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations and had allowed the demonetised currency notes to be deposited in banks till December 30, 2016.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 21:53 IST