Demonetisation aftermath: Retired army-man breaks down in tears, waiting for hours in bank queue

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2016 10:26:14 PM

Amid continuing public distress following the implementation of the demonetisation policy, and the ban on notes after that, a retired army-man broke down to tears, after waiting for hours in a 'never-ending' queue outside a bank in Gurgaon.

Even after a month of its implementation, several cash-starved people had been seen standing on never-ending queues outside banks and ATMs. (Reuters)Even after a month of its implementation, several cash-starved people had been seen standing on never-ending queues outside banks and ATMs. (Reuters)

Amid continuing public distress following the implementation of the demonetisation policy, and the ban on notes after that, a retired army-man broke down to tears, after waiting for hours in a ‘never-ending’ queue outside a bank in Gurgaon. According to a report from the Hindustan Times, seventy-eight year old Nand Lal had been standing at the bank queue outside a State Bank of India branch in Gurgaon, waiting to withdraw usable cash.

Reportedly, Lal, who had served the Indian Army on the India-Pakistan border along Punjab and Kashmir, after standing at the bank queue for three hours started pleading other people in the queues to let him jump the line and go forward. And in another instance of continuing pain among people, after the government scrapped old currency notes of higher denomination, Lal broke down to tears. A photograph of the old man, posted on the social media by the Hindustan times had went viral with floods of tweets and shares.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Lal expressed his grief, questioning the government for not allowing him to withdraw his own cash and also criticized the anti-graft policy stating it as an unprepared implementation.

Citing the rise in the flow 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 currency notes of the denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1,000. And even after a month of its implementation, several cash-starved people had been seen standing on never-ending queues outside banks and ATMs, even as the money machines run out of cash.

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