Demonetization chaos: Kashmiries suffer as internet remains suspended

Srinagar: The suspension of internet service has added miseries to the people of Kashmir as they are unable to make any online transaction or use debit and credit cards for shopping.

People across the India presently prefer to make online transactions and use debit and credit cards to pay bills at shopping malls.

“We cannot do it. The internet facilities are suspended from past four months now. The absence of internet services has added miseries of common man in Kashmir after scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations,” Gulzar Ahmad, a shopkeeper told KNS.

Traders said that they are unable to use POS machines. “Most of the customers these days offer us credit and debit card to make payments for purchases. We are not able to swap it in POS machine due to non-connectivity of internet as it remained suspended in Kashmir from past four months,” said Muhammad Latief, another shopkeeper at Lal Chowk.

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The customers said that banks have shot them SMS on their mobiles, advising them to use credit and debit cards and make online transactions till the chaos of currency change ends.

“The content SMS is another ridiculous joke to the people of Kashmir. How can we have a sign of relief amid the chaos of demonetization as internet services are suspended,” said Mudasir Ahmad, holder of debit and credit card.

He added that he visited various shops in city centre Srinagar to find out if he could pay for purchases through credit card. “I am running out of hard cash. The only option is to make bills through these cards. But every shopkeeper refused to accept these cards, saying swapping of card service was not available due to internet suspension.”

On November 8, this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes with effect from midnight, making these notes invalid. In his televised address to the nation, Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same in their bank and post office accounts from November 10 till December 30. (KNS)

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