NewDelhi, November 17: Reflecting aftershocks of Modi government’s demonetisation drive, a bank in Uttar Pardesh has allegedly handed over a bag of Re 1 coins to a 60 year old female customer weighing up to 17 kgs in exchange for Rs 2,000.
According to the news report by Hindustan Times, Sarju Devi who is a resident of Mohanlalganj needed urgent cash for cancer treatment of her son. When she went to a bank to exchange her old denomination notes, the cashier handed over a sack of coins that weighed at least 17 kgs.
Though the Modi government has repeatedly said that there is no currency shortage, banks across the country are facing blues while disbursing money to the customers.
Adding to her woes when she requested the cashier to make the deal a bit easier for her as she cannot lift the bag herself, she got a snap reply that “jo milega wohi to denge lena ho to lo, warna jao.” (The bank will give you denominations it receives, you may take it or go back.)
After being helpless to carry the bag, the lady had to call her ailing son for help. Her son was diagnosed with last-stage-abdominal cancer.
Highlighting bank’s apathy towards its customers, Devi said: Is it justified? After spending hours in queues, to get my own money, I am being paid in one rupee coins. The bag weighs around 17kg, that I couldn’t even carry home.
“Radio therapy keeps my son going. Since three days, we couldn’t get it done as no one is accepting the change. They don’t have time to count Re 1 coins,” she said.
Since November 8 demonetisation announced by PM Modi, heart wrenching stories of common man are reported from the country.