Since Prime Minister Modi announced 500 and 1000 Rs. notes will no more be legal tender and people have fifty days to exchange their notes with the newly printed ones, a dramatic situation has emerged due to improper implementation of the plan. While some media houses say the situation is getting normal while some say its getting worse, we are pasting two Facebook status updates of a bank employee who works at a branch located in a rural area, in the outskirts of Dehradoon. After reading both the updates, you decide whether the situation is normal or chaotic.
“No sign of cash in rural areas. Please drop your elitism. Demonitisation has hit hard here. People at lower strata are the worst victims. What are they being punished for lord knows. A week of no cash and no business now means nights without food or kadak chai. No ATMs working. I work at a leading public sector bank’s rural branch and am heartbroken to see desperate folks still waiting in queues in the hope for cash to arrive. Try telling the mother of an ailing child that his child does not deserve treatment for ‘greater’ good. Parents and wives of soldiers are also in queues, try telling them it’s for national interest. Try telling them, I dare you. Try telling them their loved ones deserve to die because the govt was hasty to make announcements when it wasn’t prepared. Bankers are helpless but who really cares when you are far away from the limelight of big towns and fancy cameras. Your loud TV debates won’t feed people. Your patriotism won’t buy medicines. People walk long distances to reach bank, public transport is abysmal and even a costly affair for millions of folks. Demonitisation is the worst nightmare come true for millions. This is a sad sad time. Being denied their own money IS a human rights violation.”
“Alright I’ve had enough! I work at PNB, rural area, outskirts of Doon. And if tomorrow I have to tell another mother that we can’t give her enough cash for her child’s treatment, I will breakdown. If tomorrow I see another shivering old lady in the queue, I will breakdown. Because I can’t really look them in the eye and explain to them that it’s all for greater good and for national interest and that black money will go away. Black money or no black money. The system has always failed them every single time. And govt hospitals don’t exist everywhere, Pvt ones aren’t taking old currency, and for crying out loud your elitist asses wouldn’t trust a govt hospital either with the life of your loved ones. Please be honest. Please drop this elitism. This is NOT ‘inconvenience’. It’s a crime now. It’s a violation of human rights. People have DIED. Died waiting in queues, died in hospitals that didn’t take old currency, died working in banks. How can you justify DEATH because of a poorly executed policy in the name of greater good. I don’t want any good that has someone’s blood on it. And will this good mean income parity? WILL IT? What was the rush when your infrastructure wasn’t ready? People have died because you couldn’t wait to hit headlines. Black money can’t be your excuse for apathy. If this is your idea of deshbhakti then to hell with such patriotism. My patriotism doesn’t allow me to let people die for anyone’s ‘greater good’.”