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Demonetisation and the past week for Puneites: We are dreading the coming week, says a teacher’s family

Alifiya Khan speaks to Bibvewadi resident Pramod Nemade is the principal of Vishwakarma Vidyalaya about his past week and the continuing cash crunch.

Demonetisation news, Maharashtra news, Demonetisation and pune citizens, India news, Demonetisation news, latest news Bibvewadi resident Pramod Nemade (right), his wife Kavita Nemade (left) and their daughter Tejasvini Nemade (centre)

is the principal of Vishwakarma Vidyalaya. He also teaches history and political science to students of Class X. His wife Kavita Nemade is a housewife and they have a daughter, Tejasvini Nemade, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Their monthly income is around Rs 65,000.

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How was last week?

It was more or less manageable. The day the move was announced, I had around Rs 450 in hand that I could use. Our most essential daily expenses are on petrol and vegetables. We get groceries from our regular vendor so we faced no issue there. Luckily, just a day earlier, we had stocked up on fuel… we decided to cut down our expenses on vegetables. The only difference was probably a feeling of insecurity that lingered since we did not have too much money in our pockets and even ATMs were not working.

What were the difficulties you faced?

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Luckily, I live only one kilometre from my school, so not a lot of petrol was used and we managed to get by the entire week. My wife was at home and my daughter had vacations. We don’t have to book a gas cylinder until next week, and the milkman is giving us milk on credit. So we didn’t really face any major difficulties.

Do you support the demonetisation move?

I totally support it but at the same time, I was hoping that the implementation would happen in a people-friendly manner. I also feel that it is not just the government’s duty to ensure people don’t face hardships, but even other organisations should step forward. Especially temple trusts, religious and social organisations that take public donations should open their coffers for general public in times of real need.

Are you prepared for next week?

We are dreading the coming week. We may face problems as paying for vegetables will become an issue… we have only about Rs 150 left… So I have decided to stand in the queue at the bank now.
(As told to Alifiya Khan)

First published on: 17-11-2016 at 01:56:34 am
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