Commenting on the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that it is heartening to learn people are bearing the "limited" inconvenience with enthusiasm and patience for a greater good. PM Modi is currently in Japan on a three-day visit.
His tweet read: "Such warmth, enthusiasm & the patience to bear limited inconvenience for a greater good is indeed very heartening."
Such warmth, enthusiasm & the patience to bear limited inconvenience for a greater good is indeed very heartening.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2016
In another tweet, he said,"It is also heartening to learn that people are actively volunteering to help senior citizens withdraw money & exchange their currency."
It is also heartening to learn that people are actively volunteering to help senior citizens withdraw money & exchange their currency.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2016
However, contrary to what PM Modi has tweeted, the ground reality in India is quite different.
On 8 November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a surprise address to the nation shocked people by announcing that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes would no longer be considered legal tender starting midnight.
Here is the ground reality of what happened after PM Modi's announcement that left nation cashless:
1. An infant - a boy - died, according to Mumbai Mirror, a day after being denied treatment by Jeevan Jyot Hospital and Nursing Home in Govandi, near Mumbai.
According to his parents, the hospital had refused to accept the deposit in Rs500 denominations which ceased to be legal tender starting 8 November midnight.
2. According to reports, a middle-aged homemaker in Telangana committed suicide on learning that bank notes of Rs 54.40 lakh she had stored in denominations of 1,000 and 500 rupees were "as good as waste paper."
Kandukuri Vinoda, 55, had sold 12 acres of agricultural land for Rs 56.40 lakh. From this money, she had spent Rs 2 lakh on treatment for her husband who suffered a paralytic stroke and kept the remaining amount to spend on her daughter's marriage and buy another piece of land, reports Hindustan Times.
3. In another case, a Faizabad-based businessman died of a heart attack after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be illegal tenders, reported Financial Express.