Union Minister of Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation and former Karnataka chief minister Sadananda Gowda tasted the problems that people are facing first hand after the demonetisation step by the government as he had to pay by cheque for the release of his brother’s body in a private hospital, which did not accept the old notes.
His brother Bhaskar Gowda had passed away yesterday at the Kasturba hospital in Mangaluru, days after being brought in with severe jaundice. When the minister reached their to take the body, the hospital staff asked his brother’s son for Rs. 40,000. When the later handed Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes that were banned earlier this month, the hospital did not accept them, an NDTV report said.
Even after being reminded by the Union minister that they were bound to take banned notes till November 24, they refused to budge, saying private hospitals were not included in the government’s instruction. Sadananda Gowda finally had to pay by cheque to have his brother’s body released.
The minister also asked the hospital for a written statement and said he would order a probe. Speaking to reporters, the minister said that he has asked the hospital authorities to give in writing that they won’t accept old notes. Criticising the hospital’s stand of not accepting old notes, Gowda further said that he could understand the problems that common citizens of the country are facing.
In the meantime, a top executive of the hospital told the channel that he was told by the officials that they were only following government’s order on demonetisation.