Poor roped in to exchange notes for a commission
Poor roped in to exchange notes for a commission
Akhilesh Pandey
Poor roped in to exchange notes for a commission
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Poor roped in to exchange notes for a commission

In Dwarka -- and in other places as well -- hoarders of black money are now using the poor to get their old notes exchanged. Sweepers, maids -- and others like them -- are being asked to exchange the cash using their own identity cards in lieu for a commission.   

The entire process is being carried out in a very organised manner -- allegedly with help from people in the local administration as well. Ravi Kant, a youth from Darbhanga district of Bihar, recounts, "I met a couple of people through my friends. They were asking me to exchange Rs 12,000 for a commission of 20-30 per cent. It was no doubt a good offer, but I refused. I was afraid, but many of my friends are doing this and making good money. I know it's wrong, but it's a rare opportunity to earn a little extra."

City Spidey spotted a group of suspicious women near Ashirvad Chowk, with exchange forms and identity cards. One of them, from Uttam Nagar, said on condition of anonymity, “This is a good opportunity for us to earn, and this is way better than our daily wages. We do it just once, and earn a thousand."

Labourers and rickshawpullers, too, have been drawn into the net. Shailendra, a rickshawpuller from Siwan of Bihar, said, “I was approached by a property dealer of the area. He asked me to deposit Rs 2,00,000 into my account. I refused immediately. I am a poor person -- how can I suddenly deposit such a huge sum in my account? Surely, the bank will ask me questions. But this practice is pretty much rampant here."