Indore: They are working overtime, day and night to ensure adequate supply of new Rs 500 notes. These men are the staff of Bank Note Press, Dewas in Madhya Pradesh. They are ably supported by, who else, about 200 army men. In view of the quantum of work, retired employees too have been recalled.
Together they work, print and guard the new currency 24X7 in 8-hour shift. Once printed billions of rupees are then carried to airport from there they are airlifted by the giant C-17 Globemaster, the transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force.
- Billions of rupees in special containers are carried in vehicles guarded by CISF to the airport
- These vehicles directly reach the runway for security reasons
- Heavily armed security are on guard at the runway when the currency containers are transferred to Globemaster
- Everyday 2-3 containers of Rs 500 notes are being sent to different parts of the country
- Notes are being sent to Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Kanpur and Bhopal from Dewas
- Only new Rs 500 notes are being printed here
- Printing of Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100 notes has been stopped for now
- Paucity of skilled manpower
- Retired employees have been recalled as the work has doubled while the staff strength has been reduced to 1/3rd over the years
- Earlier about 1 crore notes were printed at BNP with a staff of 3000
- Now 2 crore notes are being printed here with about 1100-1200 employees
- Army men are helping the staff in printing, loading and unloading process