Aditya Tiwari – the country’s youngest single parent to adopt a special child – on Sunday launched a drive in Indore to help those people hard hit by recall of high-value banknotes.
The Samaritan is collecting scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes from poor and needy people and will deposit the amount in his own account. He will return them the amount in new currency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes would no longer be legal tender from November 9 in a bid to tackle corruption and undeclared wealth.
Indians rely heavily on cash for their daily transactions and those living in rural areas or who do not have bank accounts have been particularly hard hit by the move.
Tiwari has set a target of Rs 1 lakh and not receiving more than Rs 2,000 from an individual.
“Everybody seems to be hit by the demonetisation immensely. The worst victims are those who are not familiar with the banking system. Not having a bank account has even worsened the situation,” said Tiwari.
The 29-year-old software engineer covered areas in Choithram Mandi and MY Hospital on Sunday and Rs 30,000.
“I met a man from Uttar Pradesh, who is stuck in Indore, as he does not have cash to return to his home,” Tiwari said, adding that Railways are accepting recalled currency but he requires cash for the journey.
Dedicating the campaign to his son Avnish, Aditya said: “I am soon going to complete a year of getting legal custody of Avnish. So, this is being done to commemorate this day.”
Tiwari got parental rights of Avnish in January after completing legal formalities for adoption.