“The women are to blame. They save money, hide it from us and now we have to stand in line,” says Jagdish. A retired government employee brandishes a couple of Rs 500 notes in dejection. His wife passed away in January and he found the money stashed in her trunk.
31 March, 3 pm. The government’s deadline to exchange scrapped high-value currency notes lapsed and with it the hopes of thousands like Jagdish who had lined up outside the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) office at Delhi’s 6 Sansad Marg.
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