Indian embassy to take up UAE expats’ concerns on rupee

afrfaeraAbu Dhabi: The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi will take up Indian expatriates’ concerns about exchanging invalid Indian rupee notes with them following the withdrawal of Rs500 (Dh27) and Rs1,000 notes from circulation since last Tuesday night, a senior official told Gulf News on Monday.

“Along with the appreciations of the government’s decision, we receive many enquiries from Indians here. Many people asked whether embassy can open a counter to accept the invalid notes, which is not possible,” said Neeta Bhushan, chargé d’affaires at the embassy.

Asked the expatriates’ concerns about not having a mechanism here to get the invalid notes exchanged and demands for extension of December 30 deadline for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), she said: “The embassy will take up these concerns with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. We expect a positive outcome.”

As Gulf News reported, money exchanges and Bank of Baroda, the only Indian bank having commercial operations in the UAE, are not accepting the invalid notes. Most of the money exchanges have stopped buying Indian currency.



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