Preparing for his daughter’s wedding, Manjeet Singh, a visually impaired father and the head master of Institute for the blind, became a victim of the ongoing cash crunch.
He was denied cash despite the government announcing Rs 2.5 lakh extension as withdrawal limit for families where there’s a wedding.
Manjeet, while speaking with HT, said that he requested someone to accompany him to the bank as he cannot manage his movement without assistance. Then he waited for long, in a queue for his turn. And despite him carrying the wedding card, he was asked to get an affidavit as a proof that it is his daughter’s wedding.
He said that even after he appraised the manager about the recent directive given by economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das, he was denied the money.
Government has notified that one can withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh from bank accounts for wedding ceremonies.
He said, “The manager said to me ‘humein koi circular nahi aya hai, aur paise hain hi nahi bank ke paas’ so we can’t help you. (We haven’t received any circular, and we don’t have any cash).”
“I do not blame the manager. It is the government who should have been thoughtful about these issues before making the announcement. If they did not have sufficient cash, the announcement should have been delayed,” he added.
“Majority of the banks are facing cash crunch, as there is hardly any cash flushing in from the RBI. There is dearth of new currency as well as lower denomination notes, then why was this announcement made? My daughter’s wedding is in a day and I am short of Rs 80,000,” he added.
Manjeet’s wife is also visually impaired and thus it is difficult for the couple to go to multiple banks.
“Immediately after the announcement, we reacted spontaneously and luckily made sufficient arrangement of cash in time. But we are still short of money and are facing hassle as movement is also not easy for us,” said the duo.