The Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) soldiers in Dechencholing, Thimphu, about seven kilometres from the proper capital city, will no longer have to take a half day’s leave to make deposits and withdrawals at the Bank of Bhutan’s main branch in Thimphu.
Similarly, about 1,000 residents of Kabesa, Pamtsho, Taba and Dechencholing in Thimphu can avail the basic bank services with the newly opened extension counter of the bank in Dechencholing which opened on Thursday.
The bank opened the extension counter to take basic services to the people of north Thimphu after clients in the area filed complaints about it.
The extension counter of the country’s oldest and the most widely spread commercial bank, will be opened for business on two days of the week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am till 3pm.
The program director of the bank, Dophu Dorji, said the counter will allow withdrawals up to Nu 50,000 a transaction and will also accept deposits. He said that the bank will not perform other banking services like credit, demand draft, and Telegraphic Transfer (TT).
“We will introduce the other services once there is sufficient demand for it,” he said. Forms to avail other banking services will be available at the counter which will be accepted by the cashiers, to be processed at the bank’s main office in Thimphu. Dophu Dorji said the bank has decided to establish the counter after a study found that army personnel in Dechencholing had to take a half or a day’s leave to come to Thimphu city to avail basic services.
With the opening of the new extension counter, the bank now has 26 branches and four extension counters spread all over the country.