Demonetisation has not only brought the lives of millions of people to a grinding halt; in rural Rajasthan, it threatens to affect the ongoing sowing of rabi crops as well. As most of the cash-strapped farmers, labourers and small shopkeepers in villages do not have access to banks, they are simply unable to meet their daily needs of essential items, transport, raw material, seeds, fertilizers and pesticides. Agricultural labourers are the worst-hit. In the desert areas of western Rajasthan, where hamlets and villages are spread out over huge distances, villagers are getting desperate. The business of wholesalers has come to a standstill, leaving the people worried when their lives will get back on track.
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