Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance minister Arun Jaitley urging them to allow use of demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes for emergency medical services in private hospitals and medicine outlets till November 30. This will ensure medical facilities to common public and poor farmers, who are facing a lot of problems after the ban on high denomination notes, he said in separate letters to Modi and Jaitley.
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“As Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were banned in haste, those undergoing treatment at hospitals and nursing homes are facing a lot of problems. I, therefore, request you to intervene and allow private hospitals, nursing homes and medicine shops to accept these notes till at least November 30,” Akhilesh said.
“Due to the ban, those going to avail medical facilities in hospital are a harried lot. It is proving fatal for them. Allowing (Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes) currency will help people get medical treatment,” he added.
Later in the day, at the launch of book of Governor Ram Naik, where Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was also present, Akhilesh said in a lighter tone, “Agar manch pe baithey log sahmat ho to purani currency se bhi yeh kitab mil sakti hai. (If those present at the stage agree, then one can buy this book even with the demonetised currency.)”
A day ago, Akhilesh had directed the state Chief Secretary to ensure opening of extra counters for foreign tourists to exchange currencies.
Prior to that SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had demanded a roll back of demonetisation decision for a few days in view of the wedding season. He suggested that people be given a week’s time by the government.