What do rickshawalas, taxi drivers and local vegetable vendors have to say about the demonetisation of the 500 and 1000 rupee notes?
In a surprise shakeup, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of the 500 and 1000 rupee currency notes. We had asked the public what they thought of the move when it was announced (watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGYKbLl94U)
In the days that followed, people have stood in long queues at ATMs and banks to withdraw cash in the new currency or exchange older notes for new ones. However, over a week after the announcement, people are still scrabling to get their hands on the new notes, or even to run their households.
Taxi drivers, rickshawalas and local vegetable vendors were the hardest hit, since their business depends on the availability of cash with the local public. We spoke to them to get a sense of what they felt about the whole demonetisation drive, and what their message to the government is.
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