New Delhi: A newborn infant in Rajasthan’s Pali district died after the father failed to book any ambulance which would take the infant to the hospital.

On Thursday night, with the ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes still effective, Champalal Meghwal ran around for four hours looking for an ambulance which would accept the now-banned Rs 500, Rs 1000 notes. The distraught father is yet to tell the mother of the child about the death.

“She keeps asking where our son is, and I keep telling her he is still at the district hospital undergoing treatment,” said Meghwal, who fears that his wife may not survive the news.

“I found ambulances but they asked for Rs 6,000-Rs 7,000, all in Rs 100 and Rs 50 denominations. All my six-seven family members were at the hospital and we had some money, but most of it was in the useless Rs 1,000 or Rs 500 currency notes,” the Indian Express quoted Meghwal as saying. “I pleaded with the ambulance staff and tried negotiating with them, but they refused to accept the currency I had.”

Meghwal managed to eventually come up with Rs 2000 in Rs 100 denominations, but it was already too late.

Even though people have been told that hospitals will be accepting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, many are defiant about not accepting these notes which are not legal tender anymore. 

The demonetisation move which has been hailed by many is also becoming a prickling point of contention as people are lining up to deposit and withdraw money at banks which are over-flooded and overpowered by the sheer number of transactions.

First Published | 13 November 2016 11:01 AM
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