Demonetisation: Sadananda Gowda settles hospital bills of dead brother by cheque after defunct notes refused

Gowda tried to make part payment with demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes while clearing the bills for the treatment of his brother Bhaskar Gowda, who died of jaundice.

By: PTI | Mangaluru | Published: November 23, 2016 4:01 pm
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Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda was himself at the receiving end of demonetisation woes as a private hospital here refused to accept defunct high value currency when he tried to settle the bills for treatment of his brother who passed away. Gowda tried to make part payment with demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes Tuesday while clearing the bills for the treatment of his brother Bhaskar Gowda, who died of jaundice Tuesday, sources at the hospital and officials said.

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However, the hospital made it plain to the Minister that it cannot take the old notes, which led to an upset Gowda questioning them on their refusal.

Gowda pointed out to the hospital staff that government had permitted acceptance of demonetised currency by hospitals and asked them to give it in writing that they cannot accept it. But he was told that private hospitals were out of the ambit and it was applicable only to government-run hospitals which can accept the notes till November 24, the sources said.

Gowda, who is the Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, later settled the bill through cheque following which the body was later handed over to him.

The minister reportedly said that scrapped notes were not accepted in spite of government guidelines and wondered, “In such a situation, what would be the condition of a common man.”

“I will take up this issue (non-acceptance by private hospitals) with the government,” Gowda reportedly remarked.

Gowda’s younger brother Bhaskar, aged 56, was practising Law before switching over to farming.

Officials said that private hospitals here had stated in writing at an official meeting here recently that the order to accept demonetised currency was applicable only to government hospitals and not for them, due to which they cannot accept scrapped notes.

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    Dr Sitaram
    Nov 23, 2016 at 11:53 am
    So what? He can pay by chq or card or electronic transfer. Why should he be carrying large cash in notes anyway. It is very poor who do not have those options that will suffer. But they may not get access to private hospitals any way. It is good opportunity for all to reduce cash transactions in the country. There should be a rule to say all payments above say 5000rs should be cash less methods. This reduces the generation of parallel economy.
    1. f
      Nov 23, 2016 at 10:48 am
      Jaundice is a treatable condition. Very sad that his brother died of this condition.
      1. S
        Nov 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm
        Even banks are not following rules and denying higher withdrawals permitted by the government. Banks are claiming they have not received it in writing from RBI. Strangely, shops in my city have now started accepting old 500 and 1000 notes if the order volume is high.