Gangtok, 06 Jul:

Besides essential commodities and fuel, the transport of currency to the State has also been affected by the Darjeeling unrest. Banks in the State are currently meeting the demand for cash through internal collection and there is no cause for panic as of now.

However, safe delivery of currency through the National Highway has become a matter of concern. This is also the first week of the month, when people queue up outside ATMs to withdraw their salaries.

“We haven’t been able to receive cash as the West Bengal Government is denying the provision of security for the safe delivery of notes through the Highway owing to the current unrest in Darjeeling,” informed a bank official, who did not wish to be named.

The West Bengal Police has said that they are not in a position to provide escort or security for the transfer of currency notes from Siliguri to Gangtok as they are busy maintaining law and order in the State.

The matter has been forwarded to the Chief Minister’s office, RBI, Sikkim Police and all the concerned authorities, according to the bank official.

He also added that there has been a sudden rise in demand for cash in the past few days which is causing the shortage. Demand for cash, however, varies each day and as of now the banks are in a position to meet the demand, he said.