With the currency crunch following demonetisation pushing workers in Kerala’s dairy, cashew and plantation sectors into severe crisis, owners are warning that hundreds of families may have to go without food this weekend. Workers in these sectors are paid their wages in cash, either weekly or monthly. The Kerala Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation called MILMA makes payments to dairy farmers’ societies via bank accounts. These societies, in turn, hand over cash to farmers every 10 days. Last week, these societies could not withdraw the money to be paid to farmers due to the ceiling on withdrawal. In the plantation sector, workers are paid salaries on the 10th of every month. With the demonetisation announcement coming on November 8 night, the estate workers are yet to receive even last month’s.
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