One of India’s oldest strategic allies, Russia, has strongly slammed the ongoing cash crunch in the country stating it to be a big roadblock for its diplomats to function smoothly. Russia has finally lodged a protest with India on the cash crunch, which has negatively impacted its Mission in Delhi.
The Russian Ambassador Alaxander Kadakin has written a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) raising concerns over the diplomats not being able to withdraw enough money hampering the normal functioning of the mission and sought intervention of the External Affairs Ministry so that the withdrawal limits for diplomatic staff are lifted, reported DNA.
As of now, the cash withdrawal limit offered to the Russian Embassy, that has a staff headcount of around 200, is about Rs 50,000 per week. This ends up with only Rs 250 cash in hand for each employee for an entire week.
Speaking upon the raised concern, an official from the Embassy told DNA that the department is still waiting for a reply from MEA and expects the issue to be resolved quickly. He further said that if things does not get sorted at the earliest, ‘we would be forced to explore other options which may include raising the issue in Moscow with your Embassy by summoning Indian Minister Counsellor’.
Apart from Russia, countries like Ukraine, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan have also protested against the demonetisation drive and have asked the ministry to come up with some resolution towards the same.
Russia has been one of the oldest and strongest allies for India and is currently one of the largest defense equipment supplier to the country.