Vaishno Devi receives Rs.40 Lakh in demonetized notes between 2017-18

Pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir have offered Rs 40 lakh in demonetised currency notes in the last two years, reported the Hindustan Times. 

Between November 9, 2016, and December 9, 2016, pilgrims offered Rs 1.90 crore in banned notes. Though the shrine board didn’t get much of the demonetised currency as offerings since December 31, 2016, in 2017 and 2018 Rs 40 lakh of junked currency has been given by devotees.

“There is no dip in the offerings. Rather the trend is encouraging but yes some devotees still offer demonetised currency. This figure of such demonetised currency has reached Rs 40 lakh,” Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s (SMVDSB’s) chief executive officer Simrandeep Singh told the newspaper.

“The RBI has refused to accept as these currency notes are no more legal and have no relevance. Yes, they are trash for us. We will dispose them off in an appropriate manner,” he added.

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