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Hospital refuses to hand over brother’s body to Union Minister, asks for new notes

When the hospital refused to accept, Gowda cited the Central Government’s directive, according to which hospitals have been asked to accept old currencies till November 24, but in vain.

By: ANI | Mangaluru | Updated: November 23, 2016 1:11 pm
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Union Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda has become the latest victim of the demonetisation drive after the administration of the Kasturba Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru refused to accept old currency notes to clear pending bills for handing over the body of his brother.

Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation Sadananda Gowda’s brother Bhaskar Gowda was receiving treatment in the hospital for severe jaundice for the last 10 days and breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon.

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When the Union Minister, accompanied by his family members, friends, arrived at the hospital to take the body, he cleared Rs. 60, 000 pending bills with old Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 notes, which the hospital authorities declined to accept.

When the hospital refused to accept, Gowda cited the Central Government’s directive, according to which hospitals have been asked to accept old currencies till November 24, but in vain. Thus, he asked the hospital management to give in writing that they would not accept the old currency notes.

They finally accepted the payment through a cheque, refusing to give anything in writing.

Upset by the attitude of the hospital administrators, the minister said an inquiry will be ordered.
“The central government has given clear directive that all private hospitals can accept old currency notes till November 24. If hospitals refuse to accept old notes, then the patients will face a lot of problems. The hospital’s stance was not right,” said Gowda.

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  1. Chandrashekhar Deshpande
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:58 am
    Its local administration sense and this senseless people will have to be dealt with heavy hand. As far as inconvenience is concern,the rush was organized manner. People having huge black monies have hired gang of people to place in rows so they can change the monies as they want and this has created a big problem.Adoption of ink has ease out some scale of inconvenience but the unnecessary rush for cash has made local administration difficult to manage this is also a fact. Surprisingley why party workers have not come forward to help the bank administration is a question.
    1. Naresh Jain
      Nov 23, 2016 at 5:51 am
      Hope with this incident Modi will understand people's difficulties and realise manner this currency change move has been taken up is wrong. Should not have started till atleast 7 lac crore worth 2000 ₹ note and 50000 crore worth 100₹ note are ready for distribution. To keep ATM workabe size of new 2000₹ note should have been kept either of 500 or 1000₹ existing note. Also for only 10 days restriction should have been placed that a person can collect only 10000 rupee in cash so that those with small currency holders needed not to stand in line again. Meanwhile any one should have been allowed to deposit any amount of cash that he is holding by giving his her PAN no. Or identification and undertaking he/she are responsible for that cash and it belong to him/her. This would have met cash need for at least 15-30 days, with option of electronic transfer of any amount. Inlast all big cash holder(political social religious trusts organisations) should have been allowed to change