Hyderabad: A distinguished English Daily and some TV channels flashed the news with reference to the officials of Central Haj Committee that Govt. of Saudi Arabia has refused to exchange currency notes worth Rs. 2000. If the Haj pilgrims carry these currency notes, they have to deposit at the airport. They are advised to carry currency notes of Rs. 100 and Rs. 500 so that there should not be any difficulty in exchanging currency.
It is reported that Saudi officials have decided not to accept new currency notes of Rs. 2000 since there were rumours that fake currency is in circulation. Although, this news was flashed with reference to former CEO of Central Hajj Committee but the present CEO pleaded ignorance with such a news item. Central Haj Committee says that it did not receive any instructions from Customs Officials.
Special Officer of Telangana Haj Committee, Prof. S.A. Shukoor had sought written clarification from Central Haj Committee.
It may be noted that as per the Foreign Exchange Rules, every Haj pilgrims is entitled to carry Rs. 25000 Indian currency or $10000 with them.