Post-demonetization problems: scarcity of essential commodities due to halt in goods transportation in Berhampur, Odisha


Berhampur, Nov 25: As demonetisation has hit large on the citizens all over the country thus posing limitation on the withdrawal of money from accounts and ATMs, this had led to a scarcity of essential commodities as the transportation of goods has restricted. President of Ganjam District Truck Owners Association Pramod Kumar Jena said a loaded truck requires Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 to transport goods from Visakhapatnam to Berhampur. The money is spent on fuel charge, driver and cleaner salaries and other charges, he told the central officer, who came to take the opinions of different people on demonetisation. During the post-demonetisation period, 70-80% of trucks and lorrys came to halt here because the government has made a fixation limit to the withdrawal of money, which are 24,000 a week and Rs 2,000 a day from ATMs. Further it’s becoming difficult to change an Rs 2,000 note withdrawn from the ATM and hence most truck owners are preferring to stop operating their vehicles. Thus as a solution to this, Vice-president of Ganjam Chamber of Commerce V Santosh Kumar has suggested to increase the withdrawal amount and also said that as several ATMs are running out of cash after a certain span of time in a day, thus AMs should be filled with the currencies. Describing their difficulties faced in their plight, a farmer from Gajapati district said that they had to go through many difficulties in withdrawing money as there was no ATM near his village. Some villagers walked around 20 km to Paralakhemundi to fetch the notes.

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