November 24, 2016 12:00:39 am
Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana and Bharatiya Mahila Federation, along with Samyak and other social organisations, submitted a memorandum of demands to District Collector Saurabh Rao on Wednesday.
Kiran Moghe of Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana pointed out that the Centre’s decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has led to a slump in the market, causing immense hardship to the poor and daily wage workers. Working class households, especially poor women, are facing starvation.
The group has demanded permission for using the banned currency till December 30. They further demanded immediate supply of lower denomination notes in banks and ATMs .
The government must ensure priority and special queues for women, differently-abled and the elderly at the ATMs and banks, they said, while adding that district cooperatives and cooperative credit societies should be allowed to deposit the old notes and exchange them without upper limits.
The organisations have also called for special attention towards those living in rural and remote areas and those who are not served by banks and ATMs. “Many do not even have bank accounts. Self-help groups (SHGs) have been badly affected by this (demonetisation) decision. Their hard-earned savings are being viewed with suspicion,” the activists said.
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