Free Press Journal

Army to seek no deadline on notes change for jawans


New Delhi: The Indian Army is moving the government to extend the deadline of December 30 for depositing or exchanging the scrapped notes in case of its soldiers deployed in the remote areas as they would not be able to go to banks until they return home.

Noting that a large number of the soldiers deployed in the remote areas may have kept cash of around Rs 30,000-40,000 with their families at village homes for either marriage of kin or for house construction, the Army pointed out that many of them may not have a family member capable of going to bank to get the money exchanged or deposited.

It pointed out that the Army cannot send on leave the soldiers at LoC and the international border just for the sake of exchanging the defunct notes, more so when the situation is heating up with an increase in clashes with the Pakistan Army because of which even leave of soldiers has been cancelled at some places.