PEOPLE ARE facing 'change' problems. In the market shopkeepers ask for change. In buses conductors ask for change. If you do not oblige you are asked to get down - accompanied with a shower of abuse.
At State Bank there is a coin-vending machine jealously guarded by a security personnel. He allows us to exchange only one ten-rupee note.
On enquiring with the Reserve Bank, we came to know that it is the duty of the bank to provide us with coins and changes. The format rule is that we have to requisition the cashier with a self cheque. Cashier will arrange the required amount at a specified date. We have to go sign at the back of the cheque and he will enter in the pass book and hand over the money.
In practice when I approached RBI, the bank denied that such a facility exists. On informing that I got the news from an RBI official, I was asked to come the next day. This 'tomorrow' never came. Every time I approached, one or the other lame excuse was given. But no remedy.
If the government has a short fall in currency notes or coins then let them issue smart cards like railways, and ask vehicle operators and shop keepers to honour it so that we can buy items or pay bus fare in small denomination. Will the Finance Ministry come out with some solution?
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