Mohammad Pathan, an autorickshaw driver and resident of Yakutpura area, had managed to collect Rs 3 lakh for his daughter’s wedding on November 26, but just weeks before the event the Centre’s demonetisation move left all that cash in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination useless.
For five consecutive days, Pathan (49) said, he and his relatives stood outside a nationalised bank to exchange Rs 4,000 per day, in accordance with the government’s initial cap. The recent decision to allow Rs 2.5 lakh withdrawal for wedding came as a respite for Pathan, but little has changed so far. With a wedding invitation card in hand, he reached the bank on Monday to deposit Rs 2.5 lakh and withdraw the sum later. However, the bank did not give him any assurance. “The bank manager asked me to come back tomorrow. This delay is making me more anxious… The wedding celebrations will begin in two days,” Pathan said.
When informed about Pathan’s woes, a bank official said: “This is a case where the gentleman has no money in the account yet. He will first have to deposit the sum in his account and then we can look at his withdrawal options. There are so many people who are approaching us for emergency situations… We have to look into the genuineness of each case… We are yet to receive an official order regarding the government announcement to allow withdrawal of Rs 2.5 lakh per day for wedding… However, we will try to help those having wedding plans.”
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