After demonetised currency notes of ₹96,500 were found at their house, two orphaned siblings living in a child home here have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help them get the scrapped bills exchanged.
The government had set December 30 deadline for depositing junked bills in banks when Modi announced on November 8 the recall of 500- and 1000-rupee notes.
Resident Indian citizens, who were abroad from November 9 to December 30, can exchange their defunct notes up to March 31, and NRI citizens, who were abroad during this period, can avail of this facility up to June 30, but only at RBI offices.
Sooraj Banjara (16) and Saloni Banjara (11) stay at the child home in Rangbari area of Kota city after their mother Pooja Banjara was murdered four years ago in Sahrawada village of Kota district; their father died earlier.
The two children told reporters on Saturday that they recently informed the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Kota about their house in Sahrawada during a counselling session. “On instructions of the CWC, social activists and police took us to our house that was locked after our mother’s murder. When the house was searched, the old notes of ₹96500 and some jewellery were found in a box,” Sooraj said.
“There were 22 notes of ₹1000 denomination and 149 notes of ₹500 denomination. They were of no use since the deadline for exchanging the demonetised notes in banks was December 30 last year,” said CWC chairman Harish Gurubakshani.
“The RBI declined to exchange the notes after we wrote it on March 17.”
In a handwritten letter posted to Modi on Friday, Sooraj said, “Our mother collected the money by working as a labourer for our future, so ‘Modi Uncle’ please help us keep the cash in fixed deposits in my sister’s name for her education and our future.”
Harish said, “The recovered silver and gold jewellery worth around ₹50,000 and a small house in a village are not enough for the livelihood of the kids, so the demonetised notes are valuable for the kids and should be exchanged.”
He said they would write to the union finance ministry for helping out the kids.