Banerjee attacks RBI for lack of cash in Bengal

Kolkata, Dec 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused Reserve Bank of India of not re-calibrating enough ATM outlets in the state to dispense the new Rs 500 notes.

“Still no supply of Rs 500 from RBI. Only 500 ATMs in Bengal re-calibrated for Rs 500. Long queues continuing, but people not getting money,” Banerjee said on Twitter.

The Trinamool Congress supremo also said tea garden workers of the state are in a pitiable condition as most of them could not be paid wages due to the ongoing dearth of cash.

“Pitiable condition in tea gardens. Of 287 tea gardens, 119 have not received wages since Oct 29 affecting 2.5 lakh tea workers,” she said.

Banerjee further accused the RBI of not paying the due amount to the cooperative sector of the state.

“Our cooperative sector suffers as there is a gap of Rs 1,261 crore which RBI has not yet given,” she said.