As a result of a rise in the number of worn-out banknotes in the nation, the Central Bank of Afghanistan said that it would collect worn-out banknotes and circulate new ones.
The Central Bank asked all other banks to collect the citizens' worn-out afghani in denominations of 10 and 20 without charging a fee, and the bank said it would exchange them for new banknotes.
"People have been complaining about worn-out banknotes in the nation's marketplaces for some time. As a result of the facilities provided, the leadership of Da Afghanistan Bank decided that the process of issuing 10 and 20 Afghani banknotes would start on the 16th of Jawza (solar calendar). Citizens will be able to exchange their old banknotes for new ones without paying a fee to the Central Bank or commercial banks,” said Hasibullah Noori, the spokesman of the Central Bank.
In the meantime, the Union of Money Exchangers of Sarai Shahzada said that worn-out banknotes have caused problems for money changers.
"Money exchangers, private banks and customers are facing this problem. The amount is high and the Central Bank is also aware of this problem,” said Abdul Rahman Zirak, spokesman of the union.
Some Kabul citizens asked the Central Bank and Islamic Emirate to supply the nation's marketplaces with the newly printed banknotes.
"The shopkeepers and vendors do not accept (old banknotes). There are many problems. We ask the officials to print the new banknotes and bring them to the market,” said Zazai, a resident of Kabul.
“Even the beggars do not take the worn-out banknotes. We ask the Islamic Emirate to renew the banknotes,” said Kabir, another resident of Kabul.