Pune: Where will we get food from, ask students

As the ATMs dry up, students face the brunt of demonetisation finding it difficult to pay for their food in cash.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune | Updated: December 2, 2016 12:03 am

On any other day, computer science student Pooja Durgade would be found immersed in her textbooks, as her MSc exams are going on. But on Thursday, she was busy making her third trip to the ATM located inside the university premises, as she had a bigger worry. “ I have to pay Rs 800 to my dabbawalla for the monthly tiffin subscription. I don’t know how to make that payment… it is my top priority now,” she said.

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Vrushali Khalekar, who is pursuing MSc in computer science, shares the same concern. “Since demonetisation happened, the ATM on the premises has not been working regularly. Even if our parents transfer money to us, how are we going to withdraw it… even if we don’t have any cash in hand for miscellaneous expenses, they are manageable as we can share the expenses. But food is an essential commodity,” she said.

Shweta Dhumad, a commerce student who is appearing for her last exam paper this week, said, “My account is not with this branch, so I couldn’t even withdraw money. Thankfully, my friends have been helping me out with small loans. However, now… I am going home and I am glad that this trying period will soon be over,” she said.

However, Savitribai Phule Pune University Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade said he would take immediate steps to resolve the situation. “I have given instructions to the officials concerned that from December 2, notices should be put up addressing students who are facing issues while paying for food. They can have meals at the hostel mess… the payment will be deducted from their fellowship amount. For students who don’t have a fellowship, they can pay the due amount while they are paying their fees,” said Gade.

The situation isn’t much better for university employees. While they received their salaries on time, they pointed out that the money has not been of much use.

“The bank was allowing a maximum withdrawal of only Rs 3,000… how are we going to pay our domestic help and drivers, as well as pay for milk and groceries with this,” asked a senior university official.

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    anna saheb
    Dec 2, 2016 at 10:34 am
    Its really a shame that tech savvy Students are complaining like village buffoons. This is a temporary situation wherein cash is rationed for .. the greater interest of the nation. Until such time you can always use IPMS service from your bank to pay the dabbawallas or use PAYTM service at any other restaurants. Now, how were you all paying for online purchases made from Amazon, Myntra or Flipcart or how did you pay for the movie tickets booked online ?. Instead of complaining, you educated students should have been on the streets or housing colonies in your neighborhood enlightening the less educated or less privileged people on ways to overcome this temporary hardship and the importance of it . At the same time i appreciate the VC for redressing the students' trifle complaint. ( Like minded people, plz join me in enlightening such novice)
    1. Direct DD
      Dec 3, 2016 at 7:53 am
      Shameful that educated and working cl people giving excuses. I took maid who works for us, milkman and autowala (who takes kids to school) to bank. Bank opened their accounts in 15 mins with debit cards and cheque books. I just filled one form, where in auto debit system was started for all three. Now every month on 1st, they will get auto payement from my bank.