SOME STATES, including West Bengal, are being discriminated against in the process of distribution of new currency notes, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Thursday, demanding that the Reserve Bank of India come out with “figures” in this regard.
“The ATMs have been dry since yesterday. People who want Rs 10,000 are being offered Rs 4,000 at banks. The Centre has given adequate notes to states that are ruled by the BJP… Rs 500, Rs 100 and smaller currency notes are not seen in Bengal and many parts of the country. They have become a rare commodity. Let RBI release all figures as to which state is getting which currency… There is total discrimination in disbursement of cash between states. These figures need to be released. Totally biased, no planning,” Mamata said in a series of tweets.
The Trinamool Congress chief claimed reports were coming in from different parts of the country that currency notes are not available. “The salaried class is not getting its own money from banks… If those in the organised sector are facing serious problems, you can imagine how grim the situation is in the unorganised sector.
“Even RBI has not given many state governments critically necessary funds despite making announcements and promises,” she added.