The Gujarat government Wednesday directed its various departments to make sure that the various boards, corporations and companies under their administrative control — providing essential services to public, like water, electricity, gas, education and drainage — don’t discontinue these services even if the payments for the same in the form of bills or fees are not made till November 24. The decision has been communicated to the concerned departments while keeping in mind the possibility of problems in the payment of the dues by the public due to the cap on withdrawal of cash from banks set by the Union Finance Ministry after discontinuing currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations.
The Union Finance Ministry has put a cap of maximum withdrawal of Rs 10,000 per day and Rs 20,000 in a week till November 24.
In this connection, to preempt any inconvenience to public, the finance department has issued a circular, instructing all the departments to make sure that all boards, corporations and companies under their administrative control must not cut/discontinue above mentioned connections/services in case the payment for the same is not done within the stipulated time till November 24.
The circular has also instructed all state departments to make sure that the boards/corporations/companies do not levy any interest on unpaid bills of essential services till November 24.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary J N Singh held a high-level meeting in Gandhinagar Wednesday to ensure that the cash withdrawal process starting from Thursday at all the banks was held smoothly and to preempt any untoward incident or chaos there. The meeting was attended by Director General (Intelligence), Director General (Law & Order), senior representatives of Reserve Bank of India, heads of all the banks in Gujarat and senior officials of the Home Department.
In the meeting, sources said, instructions were passed to all to make sure the entire process was conducted in a “people friendly” manner. Issues that are likely to emerge during the process were also discussed in the meeting and both bank and home department officials were asked to remedy them, sources added.
The banks and home department officials have also been asked to have adequate deployment at bank branches for the convenience and security of people coming to withdraw or deposit money.