Over 18 lakh in scrapped notes found in Jagannath Temple donation boxes

Bhubaneswar: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) in Puri has received more than Rs 18 lakh donation of the two junked higher currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 so far. The SJTA has received the donation from several hundis (a huge donation box) kept inside the temple complex since the demonetisation scheme was implemented in November last year.

Sources in the temple administration said that the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes which were no longer valid, is being collected from hundi even now.

The official said that though the 12th century shrine administration had taken up the matter with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), nothing tangible has happened as yet.

The SJTA had written a letter to RBI for considering the matter as the notes are from the donation boxes, but the RBI is yet to take any decision in this regard.

On November, 8 2016, the Centre 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.

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