As India coped with demonetisation by using plastic money and making online transactions, Bharat has been struggling through the crisis. Here's how rural India is faring as cash -- their lifeline -- goes out of circulation.
Stories from the rural heartland tell how a Dalit woman farm labourer in Bihar, a farmer from Gurdaspur, a 64-year-old woman who was planning the wedding of her only daughter in an Uttar Pradesh village and a fish seller in Maharashtra have coped with the notes ban.
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It’s harvest time in Hosur, a tiny village 10 km from Haliyal in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. For most part of the day, the villagers are busy in the sugarcane and paddy fields. Read More
Friday is market day in Gavan, a coastal hamlet near Panvel in Raigad district. Like she’s been doing for most of her life, Janabai Jhuge, from the neighbouring village of Kopar, has arrived early in the morning to sell fish, an essential part of the daily diet of the Agari, Koli and other tribal communities in this coastal region of Maharashtra. Read More
It’s not just the villages. Business in Raha is down by around 50 per cent. Eatery owner Jayanta Nath says he used to make Rs. 9,000 daily. It’s down to Rs 4,000 now. Handcart puller Bindeswar Yadav’s earnings are down to Rs 50 per day, compared to the Rs 300 he would earn earlier. Read More
The solitary bank in Bhadutola, which serves 28 villages, is giving out only Rs 2,000 notes or tattered Rs 20 and Rs 50 notes. “Who will give me vegetables if I hand him a Rs 2,000 note? And who’ll take tattered Rs 20 and Rs 50 notes,” grumbled Kartik Singh of Chaita village. Read More
Sixty-year-old Bibhishan Marei is at his wits’ end. All he had as savings was Rs 17,000 in cash, with which he wanted to buy a pumpset to irrigate his one-and-a-half acre of land in Meghpal village, 40 km from Sambalpur in western Odisha. Read More
With pregnant daughter's delivery date nearing, this small-time trader in Gangapalem village in Yerragondapalem mandal in Prakasam district of AP feels trapped with the restrictions on withdrawal of money from banks. Read More