Amid chaotic situation among the common people of the country following the implementation of the demonetisation policy, and as the government puts a ban on old currency notes of higher denominations, the government had directed the banks and dargas in the country to deposit the money they get in donations to the bank accounts, to curb the increasing need of paper currency.
And as temples and dargas open up their cash boxes, following government directives, Banke Bihari temple at Vrindavan had deposited Rs 1.2 crore to the bank over the last 5 days. However, the amount of money contributed by the temple is of just six of its 15 donation boxes which were collected in a two-hour duration when the temple was closed in the afternoon.
While other temples also contributed their part to the banks, a few dargas and temples like the Barchi Bahadur Dargah cited lack of enough devotees and stated that the demonetisationpolicy had badly affected the poor.
Agitated over the note-ban policy, Vrindavan Bihari, the head priest of the 173-year-old Nimbark Kot temple in a statement to The Indian Express said, “How or why will a person who has to feed a family waste money in these times on donations? Currency in hand is most important at this point.”
The demonetisation policy had also affected the small businesses in Uttar Pradesh and vendors or shopkeeper had been pushed to increase credit lines or stop the supply to customers completely.
Common people and small bussinessmen also expressed agitation over media reports claiming that the sitution is easing off slowly and that lines outside the money-machines had shortened down.