The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is issuing fresh currency notes to general public from May 20 for Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations.
The central bank in collaboration with the Pakistan Banks Association (PBA) set up SMS short code 8877 for issuing fresh currency notes, which will be issued during May 20 and May 31, 2019.
According to a notification issued earlier this month, a person intending to get new currency notes would send message to 8877 along with his CNIC number and branch code of the selected bank. The system will respond with sending transaction number and branch address.
Charges of sending an SMS to 8877 are Rs2 plus tax/SMS.. Under the SMS service, each CNIC number and mobile phone number can only be used once.
No transaction code will be issued to senders if they send same CNIC / smart card number from different mobile numbers or addresses, it said.
A help desk has also been established at (021)- 111-008-877 to entertain queries / complaints of general public.
The subscriber would have to present his original CNIC at the time of receiving fresh currency notes. The notification also said each subscriber can exchange and get three packets of Rs10, and one each package of Rs50 and Rs100. This facility will be available at 1,535 commercial bank branches and the SBP offices located in 132 cities, it added.
People can also visit the State Bank’s six field offices to get fresh notes.