New Delhi : Taking sreriously Russian embassy’s protest of cash ctrunch the Ministry of External Affairs has referred the matter to the Department of Economic Affairs, Finance Ministry, sources said.
The Russian ambassador to India had written New Delhi in a strongly worded letter as the country, a major global player and a key defence supplier for India officially flayed the demonetisation-induced cash shortage for its diplomatic staff. He said that with so little cash they cannot even have a decent dinner, forget regular diplomatic business,
Protest letters had also been sent on cash withdrawal restrictions by Diplomatic missions of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Sudan.
Sources reported that ( Demonetisation Dollar Spat Between India, Pak ) the Pakistan High Commission staff had refused to take salaries protesting new rules on withdrawing dollars.
The Russian Embassy had lodged protest with MEA regarding cash crunch due to demonetisation and Russian Envoy urged government to take immediate steps, quoted sources.
MEA has referred the matter to Department of Economic Affairs and Finance Ministry, sources added.
It is important to mention here that since the demonetisation has taken place, this is the first time any foreign Embassy has protest against the demonetisation policy of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.