Insensitivity seems to have no bounds in the time of currency ban. In Uttar Pradesh, a 60-year-old woman was handed a sack of one rupee coins in exchange for ₹2000 by a bank employee.
The incident was reported in Mohanlalganj area in Lucknow where a banker gave a bag of 1 rupee coins against ₹2,000 to Sarju Devi, in exchange of old denominations.
The woman, lost her husband way back, had gone to the bank to collect money for her ailing son diagnosed with cancer, Hindustan Times reported.
Is it justified? After spending hours in queues, to get my own money, I am being paid in one rupee coins. The bag weighs around 17kg, that I couldn’t even carry homeSarju Devi
She had to call her ailing son to help take the bag home, which weighs around 17 kg.
Accusing the bank of apathy, Devi said “jo milega wohi to denge | bank will give money in whatever denominations it will receive, lena ho to lo, warna jao | take it, or go back”.
Radiotherapy keeps my son going. Since three days, we couldn’t get it done as no one is accepting the change. They don’t have time to count ₹1 coinsSarju Devi
Her son was diagnosed with cancer last year and the chief minister had granted an amount of ₹ 1 lakh for his treatment. The cash crunch has left Sarju demoralised as she doesn’t have any more money for her son’s checkup.