SILCHAR, Nov 12 - At time when there is a lot of chaos regarding the exchange of the old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 across the country after the Central Government declared a ban on the legal tendering of the notes, unlike in the urban areas, there was no sudden chaos in the far-flung areas of Cachar district.
Routine business transactions for people of Lakhipur, Pailapool, Joypur and Jirighat areas are taking place in a peaceful manner.
�People have come to the market from remote areas hence we are accepting the currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. We welcome the step taken by the Government but the poor people should not be harassed,� said Sutapa Nath, a shop owner at Lakhipur. Ashim Dey, another trader admitted that they are facing some difficulty in depositing the higher denomination currency notes but since there are over 40 days left for deposits, they are not refusing the customers.
Meena Devi, a local customer from Lakhipur expressed her happiness saying �I am happy that the shopkeepers are not refusing us. We are poor people and do not want to be involved in fussy situation to purchase the daily needs.�
On the other hand, Cachar Deputy Commissioner S Vishwanathan, on Friday informed that the Reserve Bank of India has permitted release of cash required for payment of wages to all the tea gardens in the district through opening of new bank accounts.