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Demonetisation and Death

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ince the BJP is in power, the entire nation is fighting over unwanted issues. Every Indian is patriot and loves his/her country unconditionally. They want to fight against the corruption and eliminate black money from the country. However, this government has taken them for granted. Making things obvious may not solve the very purpose of politics. Amid the raging debate over black money, at least 35 people have been reportedly dead in demonetisation-related incidents. Lakshmi Narayana, a 75 year old man died while standing in a queue outside a bank in Hyderabad to withdraw Rs. 4000. As soon as the announcement was made on 8th November, a Faizabad-based businessman started feeling chest pain and died soon thereafter due to the shock.

Although, the move is meant to flush out black money and put a leash on corruption, the unexpected announcement has caused a lot of inconvenience and panic among citizens across the country. There are reports of senior citizens collapsing and dying due to heart attack, standing in long queues outside ATMs and banks to exchange demonetised currency notes. A 70-year-old man standing in a queue outside a bank in Nanded district of Maharashtra too passed away. Digambar Mariba Kasbe, who was standing outside a branch of the State Bank of India at Tuppa, collapsed and died. According to reports, a 73-year-old man died of heart attack in Mulund, and a 48-year-old man fell from the second floor of a bank in Kerala while trying to deposit old notes.

All ATMs were shut for two days last week to help banks reload cash. However, not enough cash was available when the ATMs and banks opened after two days as many of the cash vending machines were not functioning. And the cash in few ATMs exhausted soon unable to meet the demands, even today there is endless queue and hardly any ATM is working. Modi has appealed people to wait for 50 days but how will they survive on a day to day basis? Some banks, however, distributed only Rs. 100 denomination notes and the queues outside such banks got significantly longer due to easy exchangeability of Rs. 100 notes at various shops and commercial establishments.

A farmer, 47, from Tarapur town in Ahmedabad had died after suffering a heart attack while standing in a queue for over two hours outside a local bank. A 69-year-old man, who was standing in a queue in Limbdi town of Surendranagar district in Gujarat, died due to a heart attack. Men and women stood in serpentine queues for hours to exchange or deposit their spiked notes with new ones or withdraw cash to meet their daily expenses. Some of them were successful and many others lost patience when they couldn’t get any money. There was no respite from the chaos at banks. The security personnel had a tough time controlling crowds. A teenage son of a Border Security Force officer in Bulandshahr allegedly committed suicide over not possessing smaller denomination notes. A class 12 student of Jaypee Vidyapeeth, Sumit, was found hanging from the ceiling at his house in Anoopshahr area. He had asked his mother to give him smaller denomination notes, but she refused him as she herself was running out of cash.

Muddled scenes and seemingly never-ending queues could still be seen outside banks and ATMs as people hustled to get valid currency notes for meeting their daily expenses. Adding to the customer woes, there have been reports of bank servers facing technical glitches. It may take two more weeks before ATMs start dispensing new high-value Rs. 500 and Rs. 2,000 denomination notes. Currently, they are mainly dispensing Rs. 100 notes. More and more people across the country are complaining about problems with regard to their daily basic needs as local stores have stopped lending goods and other essential items on credit. The ongoing chaos has even led to law and order problems in parts of the country. Over a hundred people were booked for pelting stones and clashing with the employees of a bank in Sujru village in Uttar Pradesh over exchanging of old currency notes.

To support common man’s agony, all opposition parties attacked BJP. Mayawati questioned Modi government’s preparedness before they announced scrapping of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes. Before demonetisation, the government had said that they had done ten months of planning which is a long time. If they had been serious about the planning, this chaos would not have taken place. All opposition leaders bombarded Modi and BJP for their immature decision, but common man on the streets is facing hardships every day while standing in bank queue. If this is the ‘achche din’ promised by Modi government, then next time I will never vote him for such jumla and face atrocities for no fault of mine and citizens of this country.

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Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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