At a time when the elderly across the country are facing difficulties in exchanging their old currency notes following the demonetization decision taken by the central government, the Ludhiana post office has made an effort to reach one step closer to senior citizens and exchange their notes. A mobile van carrying cash has been rolled out by the Ludhiana post office which is touring old-age homes to exchange notes of the elderly.
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The van has already visited Swami Vivekanand Old Age Home in Model Town Extension area and Senior Citizen Day Care Center near Deepak Hospital where old notes were exchanged. The elderly were given the facility so that they do not have to queue up outside the banks.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Priyanka Sharma, assistant superintendent (headquarters) of the Ludhiana post office, said, “We exchanged old currency notes of 32 inmates at Swami Vivekanand Old Age Home. Similarly, 27 elderly inmates at Senior Citizen Day Care Center also exchanged their old notes in the mobile van. It depends on availability of the cash we carry on one visit. Generally, it is Rs 3 to 4 lakh as security aspect is also kept in mind.”
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Elated at the facility, the elderly say it is delightful to see someone spared a thought for them. “Seeing the news in media on how elderly are getting hassled queuing outside banks for money, I did not dare to step out since November 8. I was waiting for the rush to ease a bit. But when this mobile van reached us, we were elated. Someone actually thought about us. Otherwise, who thinks about the people thrown out of homes by their own children,” said an inmate at Senior Citizen Day Care Center.
The van also visited the Military Complex in Dholewal where notes of almost 60 Army men were exchanged.
A team of post office employees led by Sharma and J S Bedi (postal inspector at north sub-division) are leading the venture.