On November 8, the Centre immediately scrapped Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes in what is being hailed as a masterstroke in curbing black money. But while announcing the decision, PM Modi said that essential services such as hospitals, petrol stations, and airline/railway/bus ticket counters will continue to accept the old notes till midnight of November 11.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has now written to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley urging him to extend the date of acceptance of the now scrapped notes in private hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacies.
In his letter, the UP CM pointed out that the ban on the notes and its subsequent non-acceptance by hospitals and medical shops is causing grave inconvenience to the people in need of medical treatment.
He writes that those from the farmer class and the most ordinary of the population are finding it very difficult to pay for the medical treatment or purchase essential medicines due to the ban.
Yadav requests Jaitley to allow the use of old Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes at pharmacies, nursing homes and private hospitals till November 30.