With less than a week left for his and his sister’s marriage, Ajay Prajapati, from Madhya Pradesh’s Alirajpur is in dilemma on how he will manage to meet expenses.
On Friday, Prajapati with his sister, Shanti and father, Himmatlal went to the Bank of Baroda branch in Alirajpur to withdraw Rs 2.5 lakh.
On Thursday, the Centre allowed one member of a family, either father or mother, to withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh for a wedding.
The trio was in for a shock when the bank manager OB Trivedi refused to give cash to them, saying that the bank was yet to get the Reserve Bank of India notification.
The hapless trio could only withdraw Rs 10,000.
Prajapati is scheduled to get married on November 24, while his sister on November 27.
“Instead of celebrating the two weddings in the family, it has turned out to be one of the most difficult time of my life,” said Himmatlal.
“Every day we stood for several hours in a queue to get money so that we could manage our expenses and on Thursday, as soon as the Centre announced that family members of a bride or a groom can withdraw `2.5 lakh cash for a marriage, we felt elated,” he said.
“We came here with a lot of anticipation, but bank manager’s words disappointed us.”
Taking a dig at the Centre, Prajapati said, “The government scrapped high-value 1,000 and 500-rupee banknotes and within four hours it was the ban imposed across the country, but in an era of digital India, when it comes to poor people’s plight, bank did not get government’s order even after 24 hours.”
When contacted, bank manager Trivedi said, “The government is taking new measures on every other day and we are yet to get any the orders of Thursday’s decision. Still, the bank has handed over the money (Rs10,000) to them.”