Demonetisation: Truckers demand hike in withdrawal limit to Rs 20K for drivers

The government demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes from the midnight of 8 October.

PTI November 12, 2016 23:02:18 IST
Demonetisation: Truckers demand hike in withdrawal limit to Rs 20K for drivers

New Delhi: Truckers body AIMTC on Saturday demanded increasing the cash withdrawal limit to Rs 20,000 per day in view of inconvenience caused to drivers.

Demonetisation Truckers demand hike in withdrawal limit to Rs 20K for drivers

A labourer prepares to unload sacks of potatoes from a truck at a wholesale vegetable and fruit market in New Delhi 2 July, 2014. Reuters

All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), which represents 93 lakh truckers said acute financial crunch has impacted the movement of trucks and supply of essential items.

AIMTC president Bhim Wadhwa told PTI that they have appealed to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to enhance cash withdrawal limits as drivers across India were facing problems. Wadhwa said 80 percent of the transport operations are cash based which implies that Rs 1,194 crore is required on a daily basis by the sector to meet its operations costs.

The government demonetised Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes from the midnight of 8 October with the aim to fight black money and corruption, while exempting a few emergency services like hospitals, petrol pumps, railways and airports for 72 hours days up to 11 November.

This list was later expanded to include payments for metro rail tickets, highway and road toll, purchase of medicines on doctor prescription from the government and private pharmacies, LPG gas cylinders, railway catering, electricity and water bills and ASI monument entry tickets.

The time limit was to expire midnight on Friday, but it has now been extended by another 72 hours.

Banks and ATMs on weekend witnessed more chaos and even longer queues as cash-starved people jostled to exchange and withdraw money, even as cash dispensing machines went dry soon after they were stocked due to heavy rush.
Long serpentine queues were witnessed at bank branches for the third straight day across the country. Similarly, people were seen impatiently waiting outside ATMs to withdraw money.

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