In a sad incident, a pregnant woman lost her baby allegedly due to the newly imposed ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 by the Narendra Modi government. The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh Bulandshahr. Allegedly, the hospital where the woman was admitted belonged to Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.

A report in ABP quoted her husband, Abhishekh, as saying that the hostpital authorities asked him  to submit Rs 10,000. However, when he gave Rs 1000 notes, they refused to take it. This delayed the delivery. The husband says that delay in delivery was the result of his new born dying.

However, Kailash hospital has denied these allegation. According to ABP, the authorities say they did not demand that the money be paid in Rs 100 denomination. They also said that the baby had died in mother’s womb before being brought to the hospital.

This is the second incident of loss of human life following the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes since Tuesday midnight.  A woman in Telangana committed suicide thinking that the  Rs 50 lakh cash she got from sale of land was of no use after the currency ban.

While announcing the ban, as a mechanism to crack down on the menace of blackmoney and fake currency, Modi had said hospitals and pharmacies would take Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes till 11 November. However, this  rule only applies to the government ones. Kailash is a privately run hospital. They were not rule bound to accept notes of higher denomiation.

The move has met with both brickbats and criticism with many complaining that disruption in their day to day life because of the rule.

The government today said people must not panic because of scarcity of low denomination notes. The banks will be working over the weekend to ease the demand for exchange for Rs 1000 and Rs 500 note.

Here’s a ready-reckoner to help you deal with the situation:

Q:How do I exchange my Rs 1000 and Rs 500 notes

A: At all offices of RBI, government and private banks or at post offices
Banks are working this Saturday and Sunday too.

Q: Can I exchange all the Rs 1000 and Rs 500 I have currently?
A: No. You can get up to Rs 4000, Rest will be transferred to your bank account

Q: But I don’t have a bank account?
A: Easy, take all your papers needed for KYC to the bank and get one made

Q: Rs 4000 is so less. What if I need more money?
A: Use cheques, e-banking, mobile wallets, credit/debit cards
Plus you are allowed to withdraw upto Rs 2000 from ATMs.

Q: Can I go to any branch of my bank?
A: Yes, you can

Q: Can I go to any other bank?
A: Yes, you can. Just carry a valid ID proof.

Q: Can I get it exchanged in a relative’s account?

A: Yes. But get your relative’s permission in writing

For any other help, call RBI: 022 22602201/022 22602944