LUDHIANA: City residents again suffered from various problems on the third day after the announcement of discontinuation of Rs. 500 and Rs 1000 currency by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
People had to wait long outside ATM machines here on Friday.
People are facing many problems as they are not having the short denomination currency for buying their regular needs. However, most of the shopkeepers and offices are refusing to accept the invalid currency.
Medical shops are also not accepting Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 currency though poor patients are unable to buy medicines due to unavailability of low denomination notes.
Though long queues are being seen outside the banks, many of the patients belonging to economically weaker sections are facing troubles to get low denomination notes on third day after demonetization of currency.
A chemist on requesting anonymity said, “The government has not given any instructions to allow us for accepting Rs. 500 or Rs. 1000 notes. If we follow these instructions, the people say we are ignoring their illness. We also lack low denomination notes due to which we can’t accept banned notes from every visitor.
Meanwhile, mostly doctors who are running private clinics or laboratories are also not accepting Rs. 500 notes due to which the patients are forced to suffer.
Gaganpreet Singh city resident said, “This situation feels like emergency as there is need of cash for completing the basic needs but most of the things are not being brought due to this invalid currency. Government should take measures while taking care of all pros and cons of the situation”.
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