KARACHI: The State Bank has announced to re-launch its mobile SMS service to provide fresh currency notes to general public between 2nd of Ramazan and 28th of Ramazan.

The notes will be available at 500 nominated commercial bank branches called “e-branches” in 116 cities and at the 16 offices of SBP BSC. Necessary stock of banknotes has been placed with the designated e-branches. The charges for these services are Rs2 plus tax, per SMS.

Under the service, a person will send SMS message to short code 8877 comprising his/her 13 digit CNIC/Smart Card number, along with the desired e-branch ID which is available on sbp.org.pk.

In return, the person will receive an SMS containing his or her redemption code, e-branch address and redemption code validity date. The redemption code will be valid for two working days. Customer should then approach the concerned e-branch along with his/her original CNIC/Smart Card, its photocopy and the redemption code received from 8877 to obtain fresh notes.

“After receiving an overwhelming response on Eid occasions in 2015, the State Bank of Pakistan, through its subsidiary SBP Banking Services Corporation, has re-launched the SMS service,” said a statement issued by the SBP on Monday.

The quota of fresh notes, to be issued to each person, comprises two packets of Rs10 and one packet of Rs20. A person may also avail one packet each of Rs50 and Rs100 as per availability of stock with the concerned e-branch. Each CNIC/Smart card number and mobile phone number can only be used once.

No transaction code will be issued to the sender in case he/she sends the same CNIC/Smart card number from different mobile numbers or sends different CNIC/Smart card numbers from same mobile number during the service. This will, however, result in additional cost to the sender. The SBP-BSC has established a helpdesk at 111-008-877 that can be accessed through NWD code of 042 for Punjab; 021 for Sindh and Balochistan and 051 for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Helpdesk facility will only be available during office hours.


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