Pune: The Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana has demanded a separate queues for women and special concession in withdrawals for self-help groups (SHGs). They held a demonstration at the council hall on Wednesday for this demand.
Further, the members strongly condemned the Modi government’s hasty and ill-planned move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes as a means to unearth black money .
“This step has caused infinite harassment and distress to millions of people all over the country . Lakhs of women who have nothing to do with black money but who have scrimped together meagre savings have been affected,“ said Kiran Moghe, president of Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana.
According to Moghe, the worst hit are the poor, unorganized sector workers, migrants, small traders and a large section of women who do not have bank accounts.“They cannot conduct electronic monetary transactions as suggested by the government. Those who are earning a pittance as daily wages, elderly pensioners, in cluding widows, have been running from pillar to post over the past few days, unable to use their own hard earned money to buy daily provisions,“ said Moghe.
She also pointed out that while most people, involved in dealings that use black money , have gone scot free considering defaulted bank loans by corporates and big business with the nationalized banks has touched Rs8.25 lakh crore.
The organization has submitted recommendations that all district and urban cooperative banks should have small cash and they should be allowed to exchange money. With this exchange being banned, it has largely affected the rural sector, she said.
Janwadi Mahila Sanghatana has also requested the government to release sufficient new currency to banks and ATMs to ease the distress faced by poor people, particularly poor women. Until such action is executed, the validity of the old currencies must continue, Moghe demanded.