Amid continuing public distress and chaotic situations outside banks and ATMs, following the implementation of the demonetisation policy by the Modi government, Member of Parliament (MPs) had also, seemingly, been affected by the Prime Minister’s newly introduced policy. Speaking to The Indian Express, a few such MPs had shared their experience in coping up with the cash crunch since November 8.
Union Steel Minister Birender Singh, while speaking to Indian Express, said that he had to take currency notes of lower denomination from his wife and had to pay his hotel bills through credit card. The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that he made attempts to withdraw money from the Parliamentary branch but couldn’t do so because of the long queue outside. However, Singh claimed that the major trade, purchase and sale of crops, in his area had been easily done through cashless transactions.
Biju Janata Dal leader, Bhartruhari Mahtab had, however, expressed agitation over the implementation of the demonetisation policy. Mahtab stated that his son’s wedding on December 2 had been facing financial problem due to the cash crunch as while some payment can be done digitally or through cheque, a few require paper currencies. The BJD leader claimed that the housewives, especially in the rural areas had been badly hit by the newly implemented policies as their saving are being disclosed to their husbands after the ban on notes.
D Raja of CPI claimed to have stopped his daily black coffee and peanuts due to lack of currency notes for payments.The minister, claiming that he don’t use online banking or credit card, said that he had even stopped paying Rs 10 or Rs 20 for the parliamentary cab service. He claimed that demonetisation policy had similarly affected other people of the country too.