As Reserve Bank of India has imposed a limitation on withdrawals, the state and central government employees in Tamil Nadu are demanding their salary be paid in cash and not credited in banks.
General secretary of Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers M Duraipandian said his Union along with Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association (TNGEA) would raise this demand during the ‘lunch-hour protest’.
It is learnt that CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat would also be taking part in the protest.
Duraipandian, justifying the demand for salary in cash, said the withdrawal limit was not enough as every employee has to pay house rent, school fees and various other personal obligations besides daily needs.
“Cash would prove beneficial or else the government employees will be forced to stand in queues during office hours to withdraw from the banks,” he said.
While Central government employees have written to Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das, TNGEA president Tamilselvi has written to the state government regarding this.
Meanwhile, Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) holding a protest on Friday evening to protest demonetisation. Highlighting the plight of overworked bank employees, joint secretary of BEFI M Shanmugham, said 500 currencies could limit the currency crisis by about 86 per cent and stressed the need to print more of that.
“The 500 currencies to be circulated in the state is not enough. It would take about five to seven months to return to normalcy,” said Shanmugham, who questioned the rolling out of `2,000 currency while scrapping 500 and 1,000 notes which has severely affected the common man.