Vaishno Devi board received Rs 6 lakh in scrapped notes since January
The board added that from November 9 to December 31 last year, the shrine board had received Rs 2.55 crores of demonetised currency, which it said has been deposited with the Reserve Bank of India.india Updated: Jul 13, 2017 18:58 IST
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, the second richest temple shrine in the country after Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanam, claimed on Thursday that it has received Rs 6 lakh of demonetised currency from December 31 last year till date.
The board added that from November 9 to December 31 last year, the shrine board had received Rs 2.55 crores of demonetised currency, which it said has been deposited with the Reserve Bank of India.
“Since December 31 last year, we haven’t received much of demonetised currency in the offerings. As of today (Thursday), the shrine board has got Rs 6 lakhs of old currency with it. After December last year, the donations in scrapped notes have reduced to a large extent,” said Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board chief executive officer AK Sahu told Hindustan Times over phone.
He added: “We have written a letter to the RBI to tell us what has to be done with the old currency with us.”
After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of currency on November 8 last year, the shrine board had set up PoS (point of sales/swipe machines) to facilitate pilgrims to make cashless payments through debit and credit cards.
The shrine board had also issued an advisory in the form of pamphlets, asking pilgrims to not put old currency notes in the donation boxes.