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Demonetisation: Please do not punish farmers, BJP MP to Centre

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Nagaon : Farmers work in a paddy field at a village in Nagaon on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI7_4_2016_000189B)

Nashik: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are now facing the music for demonetisation. Farmers have appealed that they be allowed to exchange currency at District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs).

Senior BJP leader and Dindori (Nashik) MP Harishchandra Chavan has urged the government to hang the guilty and stop harassing farmers. “If there is any irregularity in some bank and Harishchandra Chavan is guilty, then hang Harishchandra Chavan. But for the sins of a few persons, please don’t bring farmers into problems,” Chavan told FPJ on Friday.

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Chavan further said that he had worked to get permission for cooperative banks to exchange currency notes. “When the RBI did not allow DCCBs to change currency notes, I sent a mail to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on November 11, elaborating how this move would affect the rural economy. I appealed to him to reconsider the decision on the grounds that, due to irregularities in some branches, the entire banking system should not be penalised,” he said.


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The mail stated, “I am one of the directors of Nashik District Central Co-Op Bank Ltd (NDCC), Nashik, Maharashtra. All customers of the bank are farmers. Bank officials have reported to me that farmers have deposited Rs 100 crore in various branches in last two days. However, the bank doesn’t have enough new denomination notes to exchange/withdraw money back to farmers. Therefore, kindly look into the matter and take appropriate measures.”

Chavan said that Nashik District Central Cooperative Bank has 213 branches in 15 tehsils of Nashik district and he himself was a second-term director. Chavan is a third term MP and was earlier an MLA.