The Supreme Court of India has directed Indian Central Government to open a new window for exchange of old notes. This comes as a ray of hope not only for Indians, but for several Nepalese and Bhutanese citizens.
According to a report published in Indian media, both countries deal extensively in Indian currency. An estimated Rs. 3,302cr in Indian currency is stuck in Nepal and Bhutan.
They now hope they will get their savings back. Consider Balram Chainrai from Nepal and Kezang Tshering from Bhutan. Both traders had saved up lakhs in Indian rupees, which all turned scrap on November 8, 2016.
Tsherin has already been on several visits to India since then, but even the RBI and MEA didn't help.
Traders in Kathmandu have stopped dealing in Indian currency, Chainrai says. Nepalese central bank coordinating with Indian counterpart for a solution
The RBI allowed Nepalese citizens to exchange notes up to Rs. 4,500, but the Indian Embassy wasn't happy with the move as Indian nationals weren't included. Governor of Nepal Rashtra Bank, Chiranjibi Nepal, says the country is in talks with RBI to figure out a solution.
Despite the Modi government's focus on strengthening diplomatic ties, the move and the subsequent "indifference" of Indian authorities surprised many.
“However, Joint Secretary in-charge of ties with Nepal and Bhutan, Sudhakar Dalela, insists the government has been considerate. It is "hopeful" of a solution,” he said to Newsbytes online.