PM Modi’s decision to put an end to corruption and black money has thrown Chandigarh in a tizzy. A concrete step taken by the government to curb corruption and black money, this decision has bought our nation to a standstill. People are dreading about the stack of illegal cash in their possession.
Eve of 9/11, Chandigarh
With a ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes, entire Chandigarh was seen on roads last night. With long queues outside every ATM to all posh SUVs waiting at petrol pumps to get their tanks filled, Chandigarh was different last night.
Usually a laid back city, Chandigarhians were seen giving Rs. 500 note to buy soda and chakna for their drinks. Liquor shops were buzzing with people as they bought their stacks of whiskey. Women were seen rushing to Big Bazaar or their favorite ‘kiraane ki dukaan’ to buy necessary groceries, fruits and vegetables. Restaurants were packed as people wanted to get rid of the old notes. Kids were seen giving notes of Rs. 500 to buy chips and chocolates. Beautiful crowd of city beautiful was seen enjoying themselves as their parents said “jaa beta, jee le apni zindagi”
Chemist Shops were packed with oldies buying medicines to keep up with the changing environment. Automobile showrooms received numerous calls with people wanting to buy cars and were ready to make down payment that very moment.
The day it is, 9/11
Morning ride to the office with my boss started with our discussion on how we are going to hide our black money (Kidding!!). With Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 note holding no value, how am I supposed to get my caffeine hit? A different atmosphere all together, people, for the first time, were ready to give notes for each and everything, be it ‘maa ke haatho ke bane aloo ke paranthe’ or the healthy sandwiches. Usually working on the credit system, people in the canteen were ready to pay and clear all their debts. Afterall, everyone wants to get rid of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes.
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Important points to be noted:
- For 72 hours, Government hospitals will continue to accept old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes for payment.
- For 72 hours, railway ticket counters, ticket counters of government buses and airline ticket counter at airports will accept old notes for purchase of tickets.
- Old notes of RS. 500 and Rs. 1000 will be accepted at petrol, diesel, and gas stations authorized by public sector oil companies.
- Consumer Co-operative stores will be accepting old notes for 72 hours
- Milk booths authorized by State government will also accept the dead currency.
- Crematoria and burial grounds will accept old notes in order to help perform necessary rituals.