The Centre’s decision to demonetise currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 has affected businesses and other service facilities across the country. Long, winding queues are a regular feature outside banks and ATMs since Friday as the public struggled to exchange the old currency notes. Now, a temple in Kanpur has put out a notice asking devotees to not offer any donations with high-denomination notes.
The temple priest told news agency ANI that authorities were alerted to ensure no donations in the form of Rs 500/1000 notes were accepted. He also asserted that they support PM Narendra Modi’s initiative to curb hoarding of black money and counterfeit currency.
Meanwhile in some parts of the country – including New Delhi – rumors of a shortage of salt in the market caused panic among the people who then started buying it at inflated prices. The government, however, cleared that there was no such shortage.
Uttar Pradesh: Notices put up in a temple in Kanpur asking people not to donate scrapped Rs 500/1000 notes. pic.twitter.com/zCU0SwTEcM
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) November 12, 2016
PM Modi had announced on November 8 that high denomination notes will no longer be considered a legal tender. However, emergency service providers like hospitals, medical shops, petrol pumps, crematoriums among others were directed to accept any form of currency for 72 hours beginning from November 9.
On Friday, the ATMs became functional and people can now withdraw maximum Rs 2000 per day till November 19 after which the limit will be increased.