1. Demonetisation: Foreigner gets stranded at airport with scrapped currency notes, civilians offer helping hand

Demonetisation: Foreigner gets stranded at airport with scrapped currency notes, civilians offer helping hand

Due to the lack of the new Rs 2,000 notes or the usable Rs 100 notes or a debit/credit card, the foreign citizen was unable to pay for her extra baggage.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 22, 2016 4:10 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8 had initiated the demonetisation policy, following which there had been a ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. (Reuters) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8 had initiated the demonetisation policy, following which there had been a ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. (Reuters)

In another instance of public distress, resulted following the note-ban policy initiated by the Narendra Modi government, a foreign citizen got stranded in Goa, on November 10, after the government made the sudden announcement of the ban on the currency notes she was having. And due to the lack of the new Rs 2,000 notes or the usable Rs 100 notes or a debit/credit card, the woman was unable to pay for her extra baggage.

However, Sanjay Yadav, political advisor of Bihar’s Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, present at the airport at the same moment, came for help, and paid a sum of Rs 1,600 through his card, for the extra baggage of the woman.

Sanjay Yadav, later shared the details of the incident through a post on Facebook, where he mentioned that, seeing the foreign citizen worried over the airlines not accepting the currency notes she was carrying, an unidentified man offered a Rs 2,000 note in exchange of the scrapped notes from the woman. But the airlines ground staff refused to accept the new note too, being confused over the authenticity of the paper currency.

In his post Sanjay Yadav mentioned, “Objective of demonetization is good and should be respected but not at the cost of discomfort to people. Before rolling it off govt could have checked the necessities & problems faced by common men & needy people [sic].”

Citing the rise in the circulation of black money in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 8 had initiated the demonetisation policy, following which there had been a ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes replacing them with currency notes of lower denomination or the new Rs 2,000 notes. There had been a chaotic situation among the common people of the country following the not-ban policy, with several people standing on ‘never-ending’ queues outside banks and ATMs, waiting for hours to exchange their old currency notes or collect usable cash from the banks and ATMs.

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