As has been reported over the past few days, lack of new currency notes and hospitals not accepting the old currency notes have caused many problems to patients all over the country. During this crisis, the postal department has risen to help the citizens. Officials from India Post have started visiting hospitals across New Delhi to help patients exchange old high-value currency notes for new ones. So far they have exchanged currency worth Rs 25 lakh.
“The postal teams are visiting hospital wards offering lower denomination currency notes to patients and their family members as per their needs. Many of them are not able to procure cash from overcrowded banks and ATMs in the city,” Chief Postmaster General (Delhi circle), L N Sharma said, as reported by The Indian Express. He further added, “From Friday onwards, we have also started visiting old age homes to exchange the banned currency notes with the elderly people who are not often in a position to visit banks and post offices,”
The hospitals include Ram Manohar Lohiya (RML), Lady Hardinge, Safdarjung, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB), Army Research and Referral Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Charak Palika hospitals, among others. The initiative is likely to continue till December 30.
A lady said that she was in dire need of cash as her husband was admitted to Safdarjung hospital. She went to the bank twice but could not exchange or withdraw money as there were long queues. But then the post office team exchanged the money for her, which was a great help and relief.
The Logical Indian salutes the officials from the Department of Post for starting this initiative to bring relief to patients and their families.