Delhi: Workers wait for salary in new notes to clear dues
delhi Updated: Nov 30, 2016 23:13 IST
Prem Pal Singh, who works as a driver in Daryaganj, has been borrowing money from relatives to run his household. He receives salary on the 10th of every month, but after the government’s decision to ban high-value notes on November 8, he refused to accept his salary in old notes from his employer.
“Exchanging old notes from banks is not an easy task. I visited banks thrice in the last 12 days, but failed to get cash exchanged due to heavy rush. I don’t have a bank account in Delhi, so I refused to accept a cheque also,” said Singh, a resident of Etawah.
The situation is equally bad for other household workers who are paid salary in cash and generally, have no bank accounts. Their salary for this month is due but a majority of them are doubtful about getting it on time.
Geeta, who works as a helper in Patparganj, has a monthly income of Rs9,000. She has two children — a school-going daughter and a two-year-old son.
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, Geeta was worried as she had saved Rs3,000 to buy a gift for her sister’s marriage. “But all of sudden these Rs500 notes became useless for me and I couldn’t give her anything in the marriage. I requested my employers to lend me some money but they also offered me old notes,” she said.
Geeta is now curiously waiting for this month’s salary. “I have already asked my employers either to pay salary in new notes or transfer the money in my bank account because I have to pay my daugher’s school fees for two months,” she said.
Like Geeta, Hari Ram, who works as a sweeper in Alaknanda, has already requested one of his employers to help him in opening a bank account. “Though I have requested my employers to pay salary in new notes but I know they will simply ask me to wait till things get normal. Things can’t work like this in the long run.”
There are people who have not paid the house rents and children’s fees last month and they will meet these expenses from this month’s salary. “Only god knows how I managed things last month. I was not paid salary by my employer and I met my household expenses on credit. Now I am eagerly waiting for this month’s salary,” said Rajesh Kumar, a gardener.