Long queues at the bank and ATMs running out of cash in no time — in these hard times of currency crunch in India, some good samaritans are sharing what we need most right now: new, exchanged notes.
Call it the power of social media, people are sending out tweets and Facebook posts, offering assistance to those in dire need of some quick cash, whether it’s help for basic amenities or with a medical emergency.
Sample these tweets:
If you're stuck in an emergency and need cash for medicines in #Gurgaon? I would be happy to help! Pl RT.— abhishek tripathi (@abhishek_tri) November 13, 2016
Have 1k in hundred rupee notes, to spare for those who need it more than I do.— bhūt (@uttiyo) November 13, 2016
Also, please RT
Be kind and noble.
Facebook, too, has seen a flurry of such messages. “If anybody need some cash in and around South Delhi, you can message me, I can help you out, believe me I know the struggle (sic),” read a Facebook post by Pankaj Upadhyay.
Anish Sharma, a city resident who did the same, shares: “I had Rs 2500 that I withdrew from the ATM near Kotla. I was able to go without spending a single penny in the past five days. Rs 500 were enough for me, and I wanted to help those who really needed it. So, I offered a sum of Rs 200 to ten people.”
People are not only doing their bit, but also requesting others to share the posts. And the encouragement has spread wide, as many are taking inspiration from family and friends doing so.
“My tweet was in response to a friend in Delhi who was doing something similar. It’s the least one can do in emergencies. I had no issues as I am easily able to manage my expenses with plastic money,” says Gaurav Aggarwal, a Bengaluru resident.
@anujg feel free to contact me if you are based in Bangalore - will be glad to help. I can manage most of my expenses using card.— Gaurav Aggarwal (@fooobar) November 13, 2016
Friend has few Rs 100 notes. Can give to anybody in desperate need with delivery within NCR. Will accept transfer/ will donate if no account— Anuj Gupta (@anujg) November 13, 2016
Echoing the sentiment, Aditya Dariya, a corporate professional from Gurgaon, adds, “I saw other people in the city offering help. And I was inspired to help. So I offered 23 notes of Rs 100 each to people who needed it urgently. While I was in Sector 40 market, I came across senior citizens who were struggling to exchange their notes. So I gave them cash, in exchange of their old, demonetised Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes.”
If not cash, there’s assistance in kind too, like this autorickshaw driver, who’s offering free rides to the bank.
Here’s someone who received help via social media. “ATMs were running dry after Gurpurab (Guru Nanak birthday on November 14). I had no cash with me. And I was shifting to Delhi for good from Chandigarh. I posted about this on a help group on Facebook, and a gentleman helped me with Rs 4000 in cash. I immediately transferred the same amount online to his account. It’s great to see that people you don’t even know are helping each other,” says chef Richa Johri.