NEW DELHI, Nov 27 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lauded the initiative of Dhekiajuli tea workers to overcome cash crunch.
Addressing the nation through ‘Mann Ki Baat’, he referred to the hardship being faced by tea workers because of demonetisation.
“I once saw in the news on TV... a report about a small village called Dhekiajuli in Assam where tea workers reside. These workers get their wages on weekly basis. Now, what did they do when they received a Rs 2,000 note as wage? Four women from the same neighbourhood got together and jointly made purchases and made the payment with the Rs 2,000 note; they did not need small currency as they jointly made their purchases and decided that they would do the calculations later when they would meet next week,” Modi said.
“People themselves are finding ways. And just look at this change. The government has received a message that people of tea gardens in Assam are demanding setting up of ATMs in their areas. See how the village life is also getting transformed. Some people are getting instant benefits from this campaign. The nation will reap these benefits in the days to come, but some people have got benefits instantly,” he said.