Seventy-four complainants turned up for the public grievance hearing at the Balaghat district collectorate on Tuesday. Officials were surprised — these sessions usually see 250-300 people attend. They reckoned that the low turn-out was because most people were standing in queues in front of the banks or ATMs.
A senior official, on condition of anonymity, said people had been standing in queues outside banks and ATMS since morning, which was a major reason why not many complainants came forward for the public hearing.
The complaints received on Tuesday included the omission of a family’s name from the below poverty line list and another family not receiving the second instalment of funds under the Indira Awas Yojna, due to which the construction of their house had been left incomplete.
‘Install credit and debit card machines’
Meanwhile, the Katni district collector has appealed to businessmen, hospitals owners, pathology laboratories, private doctors and marriage garden owners to install credit and debit card machines to facilitate easy payment of their services. He has instructed the authorities to take appropriate action against those who decline to install the machines.
His appeal has come in backdrop of the people facing difficulty to make payments due to the inadequate availability of the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 and small denomination banknotes.
The collector has also instructed the chief medical and health officer to convene a meeting of the nursing home association to request them to install card machines immediately and has instructed him to ensure that the nursing homes do not deprive any patient of treatment on grounds that he or she wishes to pay with the demonetised `500 and `1000 notes.