As everyone in the country is busy standing in long serpentine queues to get their notes exchanged after Modi government’s BIG decision, there is one clan in the society which is more worried about saving the country from terrorists across the border. Yes! We are talking about the jawans who have always managed to keep us safe amid all the tension happening along the border.
Ever since the Prime Minister announced that Rs.500 and 1000 notes will no longer be a legal tender there has been an element of chaos, panic and indeed a lot of heat in and across the country. Where the opposition is protesting over this demonetization and also called for ‘Bharath Bandh‘, there are millions who came out supporting this brave decision by Narendra Modi to hoard black money out from this country.
Where people are finding difficulty to stand for an hour or two to get their own money exchanged and are often cited complaining about long ATM lines and poor implementation in banks, the world has just neglected the challenges our soldier’s face standing tirelessly at the borders no matter how harsh the situation is.
Continuous cross-border firing after the Surgical strike and Uri Attack has hardly left our soldiers to think about the “other” things that matter too, like the exchange of money, which every earning citizen of the nation needs to take out time for! Under the present situation along the Line of Control and International border, the force cannot even send the soldiers on leave only for this purpose of note exchange. Pakistan’s aggressive streak of ceasefire violations in the weeks after India’s September surgical strikes on terror launch pads along the LoC prevents soldiers from taking a leave.
To overcome this problem the Army has decided to request the government to extend the deadline of exchanging or depositing old notes. The present deadline is December 31st. Army has requested to extend this date for a few days as this would help the jawans to exchange their hard earned money which they have been saving for years to use it during cash deficit situations.
The Indian Army has a strength of around 1.3 million soldiers who are deployed across the most inhospitable and remote terrain. Many soldiers, serving in Siachen and the LoC who saved up money for cash-intensive plans like weddings and constructions at their village homes, need time off to go to the bank. A majority of the soldiers belong to rural areas where people generally prefer transactions in cash for marriage and construction of houses.
A senior Army officer said, “Many of them don’t have a family member who can go to the bank and get the money exchanged or deposited at the banks. So, we are planning to request the government if they can be given some relaxation in the deadline for depositing or exchanging old notes”
If we get a waiver, this will be a big relief for our troops as they can do their jobs without the worry of losing their hard earned money on the drive,” the source said
Of the Rs 10-11 lakh crore worth of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes expected to be surrendered by the stipulated deadline of December 31, cash worth Rs 5.4 lakh crore has already been collected by banks between November 10 and November 18, according to RBI data.
We hope the Government takes this consideration by the Army seriously and accept their request to extend this deadline.