Restrictions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on the District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCB) will deprive lakhs of primary teachers, anganwadi workers and sugar mill workers in the state of their salaries this month. While the salaries will be credited to their DCCB accounts on December 7, the RBI has failed to provide cash to DCCBs.
Union leader of Maharashtra sugar mills workers, Tatyasaheb Kale, said neither the mills nor the government can help them out this season. “We are unsure how we will make ends meet as very few people among us use internet banking.”
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Salaries of zilla parishad primary teachers, anganwadi workers, workers at cooperative dairies and over 178 sugar mills are credited to DCCB accounts. There are over 1,50,000 workers in the sugar mills, around 5 lakh primary teachers and around 1 lakh anganwadi workers in Maharashtra who use DCCB accounts.
Suresh Birajdar, chairman of DCCB in Osmanabad said there are over 1 lakh accounts with them where deposits of the Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojna get credited. “These accounts are of people who are at the bottom of the social order and will not be entertained by other banks. These restrictions mean they will not be able to access their government grants,” he said.