Currency ban tolls 10 lives; cashless public, anger and resentment everywhere

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New Delhi, November 13: On the fourth consecutive day of demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes the stories of anger, despair, resentment and chaos across the country cease to exist.

The sudden ban of high denomination notes have come as a complete shocker for many.

A 52 year old man in Rohtak died amidst high stress and tension to arrange for low denomination notes for wedding of his daughter which was scheduled on November 23. The resident of Approach Road was under high level of mental stress since Prime Minister Modi declared the complete ban of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes on evening of Tuesday.

For upcoming wedding of his daughter, he walked to banks multiple times in last few days. However he was unable to arrange for enough cash required for wedding arrangements. According to his wife, cash in old denomination was useless as everyone was refusing to take that and my husband was under too much of tension and stress due to that. On Friday night he complained of chest pain and passed away on Saturday between the treatment. 

Another incidence on Saturday was reported from Gujarat where a 47-year-old farmer died due to heart attack while standing in a queue for more than two hours. The case was reported from a bank at Tarapur town in the district where the deceased was standing to exchange demonetised currency notes.

According to Police: Barkat Sheikh died due to a heart attack when he was standing in a queue at the Corporation Bank branch to exchange his demonetised notes.

In a heart wrenching story, a man in Jaipur lost his infant son as he failed to arrange for ambulance that would accept Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes and take his newborn to the hospital. He alleged that he ran around for over four hours on Thursday night in Rajasthan’s Pali district but by the time the family could arrange low denomination Rs 100 notes the infant had lost his breath.

In a separate incident a doctor in Maharashtra refused to treat a premature baby as the parents could not pay the required sum of Rs 6000 on Wednesday and the baby lost the life on Friday.

On Friday a Kerala State Electricity Board employee, Unni, died after falling from the third floor of a building, where he had gone to deposit Rs 5.5 lakh in demonetised currency notes. The State Bank of Travancore office is located on the second floor of the building. Due to heavy rush, hundreds of people were busy filing out forms on the third floor of the building to submit the cash at second floor.

Another person died of heart attack while standing in a queue for withdrawing cash from an ATM in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district.

In Bangalore, an accident victim died due to shortage of blood as his relatives failed to arrange for blood with demonetised notes of Rs 500 in hand. The accident victim of Wednesday died on Thursday night at Victoria Hospital.

On Wednesday, a shocked washerwoman, suffered from a heart attack and died in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh. Just a few days ago, she had exchanged her smaller denomination notes for two Rs 1000 notes. Shocked by PM Modi’s announcement on Tuesday, the rushed to bank next day and lost her life in a shock while waiting for bank to open on Wednesday Morning. The banks were deemed to be closed for next 2 days as per the government’s announcement.

Cases of healthcare negligence where hospitals and doctors are refusing to treat patients due to shortage of low denomination currency are being reported from many states. A case was reported where ventilator was removed due to inability of deceased’s family to submit cash in the low denomination notes.

From Hyderabad, a suicide case was reported after the currency ban. A 55-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide after she her saving of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes turned redundant following the demonetisation government order.

It seems as if loss of life will always remain a number addition in our country.

The political parties have slammed Prime Minister Narendera Modi for a hasty, unplanned or draconian decision to demonetise currency. In the wake of cashless economy, people’s purchasing power is hit hard and businesses have been hurt too.

Besides millions of people are lining up at banks and ATMs for exchanging, withdrawing or submitting cash across the country. While the bank staffers are working extra hours to meet the serpentine queues, the cash crunch and inadequate services have been testing impatience of general public at the same time. Even after hours of waiting, many fail to extract money.

Wefornews Bureau

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