Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav announced on Wednesday that the state government will give Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each UP resident who died in a queue outside bank branches and ATMs since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetisation of old Rs 500/1000 notes.
A state government spokesperson said the CM also expressed his anguish over people being made to stand in queues outside banks and ATMs to withdraw their own hard-earned money.
Yadav expressed deep sorrow at the demise of Aligarh resident Razia and announced a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to her family from the ‘Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund’.
Razia, a daily wager, tried to change six old Rs 500 notes thrice at a nearby bank. A dejected Razia then set herself on fire, resulting in serious burn injuries.
She was first treated at the Malkhan Singh District Hospital and then at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in Aligarh. Later, she was referred to the Safdurjung Hospital in New Delhi, where she succumbed to burn injuries on December 4.
Considering the poor financial condition of the family, the chief minister decided to give them financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh.
Yadav also observed that such deaths outside banks and ATMs are heart-rending and announced that families of such economically-weak people, who died under similar conditions, will be extended a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh each from the “Chief Minister’s Discretionary Fund’.