Vijayawada, Nov 30: A day after Telangana government decided to pay part of the salaries and pensions in cash, Andhra Pradesh government said today that it has asked banks to pay Rs.10,000 in cash.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu told reporters that said that the the government has written letters to the bank chairmen seeking their cooperation to provide at least Rs 10,000 in cash on the first and second day of the month to state government employees including outsourcing and contract employees.
He said the state government was making necessary arrangements to meet the small currency crisis on December 1.
Naidu said money was deposited with banking correspondents to distribute to pensioners in villages in case of shortage of small currency. The banking correspondents will distribute Rs 300 to the pensioners for immediate requirement.
He said POS machines will be activated in all 29,000 fair price shops in the state and essential commodities will be distributed to people.
The Chief Minister said committees were formed at district, mandal and village level to monitor the currency crisis. If the officials fail to solve the problem at district level they will bring it to the notice of communication and command centre.
He said there was improvement in mobile banking transactions in the state. He said bankers were asked to activate jandhan accounts and rupay cards.
The Chief Minister said that they are activating all the available sources to come out of the currency crisis in the first week of December.
Telangana government had yesterday issued orders directing banks to allow all government employees and pensioners to draw Rs.10,000 in cash from their accounts.