Demonetisation pushing labourers towards starvation: Gopal Rai

In a letter, Rai urged the Prime Minister to take urgent steps to alleviate their woes or roll back the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 18, 2016 8:26 pm
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Demonetisation has “severely affected” daily wage labourers, many of whom are staring at “starvation”, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rai, a senior face in the AAP government, said shortage of short change currency and dip in sales have triggered the situation as most of these labourers deal in cash.

In a letter, Rai urged the Prime Minister to take urgent steps to alleviate their woes or roll back the decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. “The worst affected are daily wage labourers. Usually, they are paid in cash by traders. Due to lack of cash and dip in sales, these labourers and their families have reached a situation of starvation. There are reports that some of them are returning to their villages. Most of them are not literate and have no bank accounts. They are also having to skip work even if they get any as they are having to spend a lot of time queueing outside banks,” Rai wrote.

AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday demanded that demonetisation has to be rolled back within three-days.