Everyone is aware of Central Government’s demonetisation move of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 notes. The sudden stance has taken people by surprise and left a lot of unrest amongst the people who are scrambling to exchange the money in hand. Apart from waiting in long queues outside the banks, foreign tourists are facing some real problems all over the country. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav taking lieu of this is doing everything in his capacity to help them.
On 10th November, Akhilesh Yadav directed UP chief secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to take immediate steps to sort out this problem and to ensure that the visiting tourists are offered assistance in facilitating exchange of old currency notes for the new legal tender.
Akhilesh Yadav received reports from Varanasi and Agra, in which a large number of foreign tourists were left stranded because of the government’s decision. When exchanging foreign currency, tourists are rendered mostly high value notes which have been declared illegal from 8th October midnight. He said, “The UP government must coordinate with senior bank officials to ensure that separate bank counters are opened for foreign tourists in Agra and Varanasi. This would enable them to withdraw the new currency and exchange any old notes they may have in their possession.”
To ensure that Prime Minister’s demonetisation announcement does not cause inconvenience to the common people, the poor, and the low-income groups he has asked the officials to come up with solutions. Akhilesh Yadav has come up with multiple initiatives to boost the tourism in the state and this is being considered as one of them.