Bhubaneswar: Across the country 2,500 petrol pumps will be providing Rs 2,000 on State Bank of India (SBI) debit card swiping. The Central Government took the step to ease the cash crunch woes of the public throughout the nation. Meanwhile, Election Commission has written to the Finance Ministry to use the indelible ink for exchange of demonetised currency carefully to avoid confusion ahead of elections in five states on Saturday.
The withdrawal of Rs 2,000 will be at present limited to 2,500 petrol pumps and only for SBI cards while it will be further extended to 20,000 petrol pumps and for cards of HDFC, ICICI and Citibank. The plans was initially suggested by All India Petroleum Dealers Association and the details were discussed in a meeting on Thursday between senior executives of major state run petroleum providers like Indian Oil, Hindustam Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum and Arundhati Bhattacharya, the SBI chief.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission raised concern that the use of indelible ink might create confusion during polls on Saturday in five states. The government said the inking following currency exchange will be used on the right hand unlike elections where it is marked in the left hand to ensure smooth poll process in the upcoming by-elections in states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
Earlier, on Tuesday, the Economic Affairs department had announced the use of indelible ink on those exchanging old currency to avoid repeat exchange.