Demonetisation: Akhilesh writes to PM Modi for private hospitals
The government put private hospitals and nursing homes out of the list of services which were allowed to accept 500/1000 rupee notes starting from November 9 when it was declared invalid
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exempt private hospitals and nursing homes from the demonetisation move. He wrote separate letters to PM and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking them to extend the date of accepting the invalid dates to November 30.
The government put private hospitals and nursing homes out of the list of services which were allowed to accept 500/1000 rupee notes starting from November 9 when it was declared invalid.
In the letter, Akhilesh said exempting private hospitals will help poor who are under treatment.
"As Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were banned in haste, those undergoing treatment at hospitals and nursing homes are facing a lot of problems. I, therefore, request you to intervene and allow private hospitals, nursing homes and medicine shops to accept these notes till at least November 30," UP CM said in his letter.
"Due to the ban, those going to avail medical facilities in the hospital are a harried lot. It is proving fatal for them. Allowing (Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes) currency will help people get medical treatment," he added.
CM on Thursday had directed the Chief Secretary to open special counters for foreign tourists who are facing a lot of problems due to the demonetisation move.
Meanwhile, SP supremo Mulayam Singh had asked the government to roll back the decision considering the wedding season on the brink. He said the government must give a week's time for the people to change the currencies.
BSP chief Mayawati also criticised the BJP-led government's move. She said it affected the poor a lot and reminded of Emergency imposed by Congress government.