Demonetisation: This banker’s live updates from a rural bank on his experiences will move you

The situation is worse in rural India, where comparatively less amount of money is reaching the banks and officials are having a hard time coping up with the situation.

By: Trends Desk | Updated: November 16, 2016 3:29 pm
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The situation is worse in rural India, where comparatively less amount of money is reaching the banks and officials are having a hard time coping up with the situation. Reportedly, in a village in Bastar, Chhattisgarh, people have run out of food and they have no money to purchase anything.

Highlighting a similar situation, Facebook user VM*, who claims to be working in a public sector bank’s rural branch, has been sharing heart-wrenching details of the condition where the bank has not received money on days and when it has, they run of money within hours. The banker says, “If tomorrow I have to tell another mother that we can’t give her enough cash for her child’s treatment, I will breakdown. If tomorrow I see another shivering old lady in the queue, I will breakdown.” His post has gone viral with over 2,500 shares and has received a massive response.

Here’s what he wrote.

Alright I’ve had enough! I work at ***, rural area. And if tomorrow I have to tell another mother that we can’t give her enough cash for her child’s treatment, I will breakdown. If tomorrow I see another shivering old lady in the queue, I will breakdown. Because I can’t really look them in the eye and explain to them that it’s all for greater good and for national interest and that black money will go away. Black money or no black money. The system has always failed them every single time. And govt hospitals don’t exist everywhere, Pvt ones aren’t taking old currency, and for crying out loud your elitist asses wouldn’t trust a govt hospital either with the life of your loved ones. Please be honest. Please drop this elitism. This is NOT ‘inconvenience’. It’s a crime now. It’s a violation of human rights. People have DIED. Died waiting in queues, died in hospitals that didn’t take old currency, died working in banks. How can you justify DEATH because of a poorly executed policy in the name of greater good. I don’t want any good that has someone’s blood on it. And will this good mean income parity? WILL IT? What was the rush when your infrastructure wasn’t ready? People have died because you couldn’t wait to hit headlines. Black money can’t be your excuse for apathy. If this is your idea of deshbhakti then to hell with such patriotism. My patriotism doesn’t allow me to let people die for anyone’s ‘greater good’.
#Demonitisation

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The post has been deleted by the user and name has been changed to protect the identity.

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    Ariba
    Nov 16, 2016 at 11:52 am
    My heart bleeds to this
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      Srivastava
      Nov 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm
      This newspaper is Anti-Modi. The scale of inconvenience is not widespread enough to call for recall of demonetization. There are some isolated instances and which are liable to happen in a country of 1.25 billion people.
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        Aviral
        Nov 17, 2016 at 11:43 am
        I wonder if people are going hungry because they don't have 500 and 1k notes..... Really??lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;All other dominations are valid. Poor people use 500 and 1k currency??lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A great reply by a senior citizen on the present scenario.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A person was standing in queue in front of kormangala HDFC bank to have his hard earned money deposited.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then he asked reaction of 73 old senior citizen on how he is feeling about the government who made him to stand in a long queue.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The reply was really simple and amazing..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;_If I can stand in a long queue to have a 1 minute Darshan at Tirupati Balaji Temple and hope that everything in my life will be good after this , although there is no 100% guarantee for that, why can't stand now where I know it is definitely going to do good for my Nation INDIA._lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;A great motivation for our new generation......Again a lesson coming from our elders ...lt;br/gt;#BlackMoney
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          Jack Archer
          Nov 17, 2016 at 1:44 pm
          I have read the original post myself. The person who has written the post is an anti-BJP person who has written multiple anti-BJP public posts in last many months, especially after LGBT was announced illegal and no support came from BJPlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I would expect a leading newspaper to do such checks before putting a biased and non fact based article like that
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            Deepak J
            Nov 17, 2016 at 5:01 am
            No one is asking for a recall. Just fix the other issues. And it is widespread enough. More than enough.
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              Gayatri
              Nov 17, 2016 at 8:50 am
              You should have revealed the name of the rural area atleast. Bring it to light so that help can be sent
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                gk
                Nov 17, 2016 at 2:37 am
                Those people dying also "Anti-Modi"... If one such " isolated instance " happen in your family, and you happen to cry out loud, we then will call you "Anti-Modi"
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                  Dr. Rajan
                  Nov 17, 2016 at 10:12 am
                  It moved me. Nothing more is required. Let Modi Ji remain in headlines on the sufferings of common man.
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                    Harshit Agrawal
                    Nov 17, 2016 at 5:59 am
                    "This is NOT ‘inconvenience’. It’s a crime now. It’s a violation of human rights. People have DIED."
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                      JM
                      Nov 16, 2016 at 9:06 pm
                      Bakths or sanghis or whatever you call yourselves, your insensitive statements in social media against people's suffering or deaths are making the patience of peace loving people very thin. You want us to stoop your level, yes we will, to protect our loved ones and our nation, yes we will stoop to your level. Then it won't be very nice for you, sanghis.
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                        KAAMDEV
                        Nov 17, 2016 at 5:06 am
                        MODI HAS PROVED THAT HE IS THE BIGGEST WITH TEAM OF S..
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                          Konal Gondal
                          Nov 16, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                          What if the so called 'isolated incidents' involved loss of your loved ones ? Same views then as well ?
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                            Mayur
                            Nov 17, 2016 at 5:29 am
                            You can't just add your own words and end your article saying that user has deleted post and the name is changed to protect privacy. You have one post against #Demonitisation. I can give you 1000s of such Facebook posts of bank employees who are happily supporting #Demonitisation.
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                              s
                              Nov 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm
                              I know your heart bleeds but please tell us how the so called infrastructure had to be done before demonet.without breaking the secrecy? I know you feel for the poor and its not your fault that the poor have to wait for their turn. You criticize the govt. Hospitals for poor state and private hospitals for cash advance before treatment. Please pull out your magic wand and eliminate these malpractices and bring utopia .
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                                Noble Luke
                                Dec 8, 2016 at 10:14 am
                                Biased or not.. what he is saying here is happening everywhere. It doesn't have to be all political everytime. Humanity first bro.
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                                  Puran Singh
                                  Nov 16, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                                  Prime minister said the plan to withdraw the Rs 500, and Rs 1000, was in works for the LAST TEN MONTHS. IN that case, the government was consulting very mediocre people, with no knowledge of implementation issues. 1.The government should have issued sufficient amount of the lower denomination currency through the ATMs and banks before withdrawing the Rs 500, and 1000. As it happened, the government/ banks was disbursing ONLY RS 500/- notes through the ATM for a long time, before withdrawing them, thereby putting 100 crore people in disadvantaged position. 2. putting restrictions on withdrawal amount ALL DUE TO INSUFFICIENT FUNDS IN BANKS , SHOWS VERY POOR GOVERNMENT PLANNING , MANAGEMENT. 3. Issuing Rs 2000/- (Unworthy?) Note is a sign of bankruptcy of planning. You withdraw 500,1000 notes yet you issue 2000/- as legal tender. Why not Rs three hundred note, or another Rs500 note, instead? 4.The families of all those who died while waiting to collect/ exchange their money, AND also all those who committed suicide for want of funds for the marriage of the daughter, MUST BE COMPANSATED. 5. Till The govt has sufficient funds for ATMs and banks, and the restrictions on withdrawal amount are withdrawn, government must allow the old notes for purchase of ration, household goods and small purchases for marriage ceremonies atc.
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                                    Ritu
                                    Dec 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                                    U know what?lt;br/gt;I think it's terribly sad that one has to protect an ideny for fear of repercussions
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                                      sakshi
                                      Nov 17, 2016 at 1:39 am
                                      1. they could have prevented filling of ATM Machines on 8th with 500 rupee notes. 2. Made sure that the new 2000 rupee note is of the same size as the old notes so that ATMs don't have to be recalibrated physically to use those notes. 3. Detailed analysis for possible loops. 4. Remembering it is the harvest period and since rural India is still a cash based economy which got paralysed as farmers could not sell or buy seeds to sow. My nearest w market with a daily business of 30 cr has not managed to earn 3 Cr. (Source: A trader who works there) 5. Figuring out a detailed analysis and hence remembering to keep private and charitable hospitals in the list of people accepting notes. 6. Anything covered by ESMA or Essential comodities act should have been considered so that these services could have been accessed by using 500 rupee notes / 1000 rupee notes. 7. Not change the anti corruption act to weaken its abilities to take action against corrupt central government employees. This is just on the top of my mind. When you have been selected to run the entire country, you need to be better at executing such things. Its your responsibility. That is all. No amount of teary e speeches or an emotional rhetoric can compensate for poor execution, and lets face it that even if it was well intended, the execution has gone horribly wrong. Primarily because this execution puts small time farmers and traders who deal with cash or people like us who were unfortunate enough to have taken out money just hours before the announcement and the people with real black money in the same boat. So while some people were left powerless against the system, the people with actual money ended up facing minor inconveniences because they just found a way to bend the system. Only a few days ago a newspaper reported how a private bank is helping people with large amounts of black money turn it into accounts using various means. Lets be practical and look at the consequences of these steps rationally.
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                                        Satish
                                        Nov 17, 2016 at 4:50 am
                                        Modi should just resign and look after his wife. Period. He was crowned a super start even before an ounce of performance to show and he had to come down. Down Down
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