Demonetization: Vaishno Devi Shrine Board recieves Rs 1.90 cr in scrapped notes post Nov 8

JAMMU: Since the demonetisation, Rs 1.90 crore was deposited at various donation boxes installed at Shri Mata Vasihno Devi Cave Shrine in Katra town of Reasi district.

“The demonetisation was announced on November 8 and till December 8, in 30-day period, a total of Rs 1.90 crore of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations have been found in the donation boxes at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and these have been duly deposited in the Bank,” official spokesman here said.

He further said an advisory was issued by the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, in the shape of a pamphlet, and displayed at different locations along the track as well as at Niharika, Adhkuwari, Bhawan and at each of the accommodation and other units, which advises the pilgrims not to put old currency notes in the Donation Boxes.

The spokesman said old currency notes are still being found in the donation boxes installed at various locations but their number has reduced considerably.

Governor N N Vohra, who is also the Chairman of the Board, visited the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and reviewed the arrangements for the pilgrims and status of implementation of major development works, particularly the completion of the Tarakote Marg.

The Governor also sought a report from the CEO about the difficulties caused to the pilgrims because of the replacement of the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes and how the same were being dealt with.

A K Sahu, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, informed the Governor that in the wake of Government’s decision to replace the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations and various measures were also taken to assist the pilgrims.

(AGENCIES)