Haryana: People in districts left cashless on payday

The Haryana government had sought options from the C and D class employees to provide them Rs 10,000 in cash out of their salaries.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:December 2, 2016 5:36 am

WITH BANKS and ATMs running out of cash, people in various districts of Haryana were left cashless on payday. Some Class C and D government employees, however, were able to get Rs 10,000 late on Thursday evening. The Haryana government had sought options from the C and D class employees to provide them Rs 10,000 in cash out of their salaries. A total of 905 employees were given the amount at the Haryana Civil Secretariat.

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Principal Secretary, Monitoring and Coordination Department, Haryana, T C Gupta, informed that around 4 pm, the government received around Rs 91 lakh from State Bank of India which was disbursed at the Civil Secretariat and the New Secretariat in Sector 17.

“The government had sought options from the Class C and D employees to get Rs 10,000 in cash from their salaries. The amount was disbursed in the evening. At the district level, drawing and disbursing officers received the cash,” he said.

People in most districts were a harassed lot when after standing in queues for hours, they were not able to draw any money either from banks or ATMs. Even pensioners could not avail of pension that is directly transferred to their bank accounts these days.

S K Lamba, general secretary of the power union in Haryana, said the situation was such that there was no cash in hand to manage monthly expenses. “There is no cash available at banks and ATMs. It is for the first time that such a situation has arisen.”

Meanwhile, the Haryana government has started an awareness campaign to promote digital payment in the state. Deputy commissioners in all districts will organise seminars, which would include MPs and MLAs of the district. The other elected representatives at the panchayat and municipal level would also attend. The government has assigned administrative secretaries as in-charge of various districts.

A government spokesperson said that administrative secretaries would organise a meeting of all district officials to educate them regarding digital payment and ensure that they themselves instal digital payment apps on their mobile phones. They would also enure that RuPay cards were issued to the Jan Dhan account holders and that 100 per cent of those cards were activated.

In Haryana, out of the 54.87 lakh Jan Dhan accounts, RuPay cards have been issued to 46.37 lakh account holders till November 23, of which 33.69 lakh RuPay cards had been activated by October 31.

The government will organise camps at labour chowks in every town to ensure that workers in both organised and unorganised sectors open accounts in banks.

School heads and teachers, too, will be educated on the issue through the EDUSAT network.