Your Cash Woes Will Not End Soon

Employees at the Salboni currency printing press refuse to put in more overtime

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The nation’s cash woes are expected to continue with the Salboni currency printing press in West Bengal refusing to work overtime. As a result, the daily number of notes produced is expected to drop by 6 million. The employees have complained of lower back pain, physical, and mental stress due to putting in 12-hour shifts over the past two weeks. It is not known whether they have complained of their hour-long tea breaks being reduced.

An employee of the Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL) Employees’ Association, who wished to remain anonymous, told Hindustan Times that their contract for the 12-hour shifts ended on December 27 and they refuse to work long hours any more. Hindustan Times reports that the employees that they contacted said they were not forced to take up these shifts and were paid overtime for it.

Workers at the press are now operating on two nine-hour and one six-hour shift.

According to the Deccan Herald, Trinamool Congress MP and president of the Association Sisir Adhikari said “that the workers are not slaves”. He added, “We know there will be problems, but the Centre has to solve it as it was their decision to demonetise currency notes in the first place.” Your move, Centre.

The Salboni currency printing press prints around 96 million notes daily with workers putting in 12-hour shifts. If the shifts were to be reduced to 9 hours, the production will be reduced by 28 million notes, said Association secretary Nepal Singh.

The Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL) was established by the Reserve Bank of India. They operate two presses: one at Mysore and one in Salboni. According to the their website, they print 16 billion note pieces per year.