There are many remote villages across India that don’t have banks or ATMs as yet. For those residing in such villages, post offices are the only places where they can exchange their Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.
Taking the current rush and urgency into consideration, the postal department is now trying to reach out to the public in such remote areas by rolling out a mobile currency exchange van.
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The service is being provided to government hospitals, maternity homes, tribal areas, and remote villages in Coimbatore and is helping people exchange their notes. Sharda Sampath, the Postmaster General for the western region, told The Hindu that over Rs. 3.5 lakh was exchanged on Wednesday when the van was parked near Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.
“The number of days that the camp will be held at a location depends on the need in that area and also on the availability of cash,” he said.
The location of the van is decided at the local post office after considering the requirement and availability of cash. People have to produce an identity card to avail the benefits of the mobile camp.