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Mumbai Congress plans ‘Tweet morcha’ to protest against additional charges levied by banks

Mumbai city news: Condemning the various charges levied by banks after demonetisation, the Congress has appealed to people to take to Twitter to raise their voice.

mumbai Updated: Jun 29, 2017 11:10 IST
Surendra P Gangan
Surendra P Gangan
Hindustan Times
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The Congress party in Mumbai and MoneyLife Foundation plan to protest against the alleged arbitrary charges being levied by banks after demonitisation by holding a ‘Tweet Morcha’ on July 4.

The Congress has condemned the various charges levied by the banks, including withdrawal of the cash from ATMs beyond specified number of attempts, charges on cheque withdrawal, penalty for not maintaining a minimum balance, and unwarranted promotion of online payments. To oppose the move by the Central government, the party has announced a ‘Tweet Morcha’ and has appealed to people to participate by tweeting about their bank woes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi using the hashtags #TweetMorcha #BankSeBachao.

“This is a unique way to protest to attract the attention of the government, which has not paid heed to our numerous petitions in the past. We will gather at Ravindra Natya Mandir at 3pm on July 4 and appeal to the people to raise their voice against these arbitrary charges being levied after demonitisation. Since Narendra Modiji is very active on Twitter, we thought our attempt to protest through social media will pay off. The common man is badly hit because of these charges,” said Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam.

Consumer organisations, banks unions and other stakeholders in the banking system had, in May this year, met Congress leader and chairman of standing committee of parliament on finance, Veerappa Moily, voicing concerns over the charges by the banks. Moily had assured that he would take up the issue to the Reserve Bank of India.

Read: Banks may hike ATM withdrawal charges; more step to curb cash in coming months

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 11:08 IST

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