Tribals baffled by demonetisation move

Tribals baffled by demonetisation move
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Some middlemen were already hoodwinking the Girijans offering Rs 100 or Rs 200 for Rs 500 notes in exchange.  Though the government has announced that the old notes could be exchanged in the banks or post offices, the Girijans in the remote areas are not aware of it. 

Bhadrachalam: Girijans of Agency areas in the district were baffled when the traders refused to accept 500 and 1,000 rupee notes from them on Wednesday. While the rest of the country knew through media and social media, the Girijans in the remote areas were not aware of the government’s decision on demonetisation.

Some middlemen were already hoodwinking the Girijans offering Rs 100 or Rs 200 for Rs 500 notes in exchange. Though the government has announced that the old notes could be exchanged in the banks or post offices, the Girijans in the remote areas are not aware of it.

It is high time the government machinery took initiative to undertake propaganda on massive scale sensitising the Girijans and even organise special counters to exchange the notes belonging to Girijans.

The Girijans did not know what to do when the traders refused to accept the high denomination currency ion the weekly shanties.

Sonde Veeraiah, convener of Girijan Sankshema Parishad, told The Hans India that the Girijans in the AP-Telangana-Chhattisgarh border areas do not know about demonetisation.

The Revenue officials should take the decision to the remote villages and sensitise people, he demanded. The government would do well if they organise special counters of postal department and banks for exchanging the currency.

Adivasi Sangham Madivi Nehru told The Hans India that the government should undertake propaganda with the help of the volunteers of Bank Mitra, India Kranti Patham and Velugu programmes to sensitise the Girijans.

Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police Ambar Kishore Jha assured the tribal people not to worry over the demonetisation. There would be smooth exchange of notes soon, he said and added that he had discussed the issue with District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu.

He said the officials of various departments would tour the Agency villages from Thursday to inform the Girijans about demonetisation. He appealed to the Girijans not to believe the smooth talks of the middlemen. If anyone approaches them with such ideas, the Girijans should immediately inform the police, he added.

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