Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to press for releasing more funds to cooperative banks due to the cash-crunch they are facing due to demonetisation. After meeting the Prime Minister at Parliament House, Yadav said he also highlighted the hardships of farmers in the state due to the cash-crunch triggered by the demonetisation decision.
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He said he has asked the Centre to give a timeline of as to when would the cooperative banks receive funds from the Reserve Bank of India. “The Prime Minister is aware of the hardships of the people. But farmers are unhappy and are facing a lot of trouble. This is the time for sowing… there are so many co-operative banks…when will they get the money,” he said.
Sources said the meeting was a follow-up of a letter Yadav had written to Modi on the plight of the people following demonetisation. They said since there was no fixed agenda, Yadav did not discuss anything beyond demonetisation. Facing flak for the highhandedness of police in dealing with people standing in queues outside banks, Yadav has instructed top officials to deal sympathetically with people.
“The state government is with the people who are facing problems in the wake of demonetisation, and will provide all help possible,” he had said in a statement yesterday.