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RBI ‘cuts’ cash flow to Jammu and Kashmir, likely to affect businesses

No official notification or any directive yet: RBI Spokesperson

Saqib Malik
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 12 2017 5:39AM
RBI ‘cuts’ cash flow to Jammu and Kashmir, likely to affect businessesRBI ‘cuts’ cash flow to Jammu and Kashmir

Banking regulator Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has begun to restrict the flow of fresh currency notes to  banks operating in Jammu and Kashmir which in now taking a toll on trade and businesses, highly placed banking executives said on Tuesday. 

Automated Teller Machines ( ATM) transactions have started getting affected as RBI has reduced the flow of high denomination currency notes to "border states such as J&K", the executive said while requesting anonymity. 

He said cash flow from RBI to the state is down by 70 percent.  

“The state has a cash requirement of Rs 700 crore but at the moment we are receiving only Rs 200 crore. The problem has been prevalent since last one month and is proving to be severe for ATM transactions as people are able to withdraw only low denomination notes,” the executive said. 

According to sources, the restriction on cash flow and high denomination currency notes has come in the wake of a “Government of India directive on reduction of high denomination notes to “border states". 

Speaking to Greater Kashmir on phone, RBI spokeperson, Alpana Killawala said there is no official notification of RBI in this matter yet. “This is not in the public domain yet and there is no official notification. I will need to check and get back to you on this,” Killawala said.