Chandigarh: Prime Minister’s surprise announcement to make Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes illegal tender from November 8 midnight might have made many people happy but the sudden move certainly caused inconvenience to patients at PGI.
Surprisingly, despite Prime Minister assuring that hospitals and pharmacies will continue to accept the two denominations until November 11, the patients coming to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Wednesday faced harassment as the registration staff refused to accept the void currency.
Sharing the same, Ramkumar a patient from Saharanpur said, “I had visited the OPD for my routine check-up. At 9 am, I was standing in the card registration queue. When my turn came I gave Rs 500 note but the madam sitting on the other side of the registration window shouted at me to give a 10 Rs note.”
“When I tried to ask her that the government has not banned the currency in government hospitals, she got so offended that she threw my card aside and said don’t argue if you wish to get the registration done or else leave,” shared harassed Ram kumar.
He further shared that as he came from a far place and had no other option of getting his checkup done. He begged each chemist shop to give him change. When I reached a chemist shop, the staff plainly refused to give change and asked me to buy some medicine. Had no option left I purchased few medicines and got the change”, shared Ram kumar.
When Daily Post team asked the chemist shop owners refused such allegations and said that many people have come since morning asking for change because of that they are asking the people to buy medicines, as it is hard to judge who is needy and who is lying.
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