Following the shortage of lower denominations currency notes, Indian Railways has stopped giving the refund for ticket cancellations that prompted Western Railways to take another tough decision. The Western Railways on Thursday said that it will not issue waiting tickets or waitlisted ticket for travelling in first and second AC compartments on 10 and 11 November. The journey for the said tickets will commence on from 13 November, said an ANI report.
The step is being taken as an effort to prevent inconvenience to the department as people may use the service to convert old notes into new once.
The government had demonitised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes from the midnight of October 8 with the aim to fight black money and corruption, while exempting a few emergency services like hospitals, petrol pumps, railways and airports for three days up to November 11. But the shortage of lower denomination notes prompted petrol pumps, railway counters and air ticket booking centres to send back customers.
Though the step to ban notes was taken to combat corruption but it eventually turned in the mode of corruption as people were seen offering Rs 400-450 in return of Rs 500 notes and Rs 1000 notes were also been exchanged in the same perspective.
Banks and post office were also seen full packed following the ‘notes ban’. Even some people reached the bank branches and post offices before they opened.