Akhilesh asks PM Modi to extend validity of old notes at petrol pumps, hospitals
With people facing crisis due to demonetisation of high currency notes, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to extend the validity of old high value currency notes at petrol pumps and government hospitals until November 30 and also asked him to start camps in rural Uttar Pradesh where people are facing the crunch.
“The Samajwadi Party is not against curbing black money. But the exercise should be carried out in a manner that people do not suffer. There is a massive crisis in villages where people are not getting notes of smaller denomination. The validity of the use of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations at petrol pumps and government hospitals should be extended up to November 30. The Union government should open camps to exchange bigger notes with smaller notes,” Yadav said in his letter to the Prime Minister, contents of which were released on Sunday night.
Yadav said that the RBI should ensure that banks and ATMs should have enough cash with them. “The monster of corruption can be reined in only if all the political parties fight a united battle,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that his government was keen to curb black money and will help the Union Government in all its endeavor. The Union government should ensure that farmers, common citizens, and small businessmen are not affected by this transition. “Density of bank branches in rural UP is very low so the Government should open camps to ensure proper exchange of currency,’ he said
Earlier taking a serious view of problems being faced by foreign tourists due to demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 100, the Chief Minister asked officials to take steps to provide relief to tourists.
He directed Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to coordinate with senior bank officials and ensure that separate bank counters are opened for foreign tourists in Agra and Varanasi. This, he said, would enable them to withdraw the new currency.
Directives were issued after a report appeared in a section of the newspaper as how a British couple was forced to go empty stomach almost for a day in Varanasi railway station despite having high denomination currency notes with them.
The station master acted as a good Samaritan and arranged Rs 100 currency for them. The British couple refused to eat food off.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Government has also issued directives asking the state-run hospitals to accept high denomination currency notes. “This has come to our knowledge that some hospitals are not accepting high currency notes. This is illegal. The action would be taken against officials if they refuse to accept old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 note,” Health Minister Shivakant Ojha said.