While Modi’s demonetization move may be debatable to you and me, there’s no denying that it’s left the common man crippled. Whether this chaos is going to be followed by ‘achhe din’ or not, the current state of people surviving without cash, more so in areas like Kashmir that don’t have internet access, is a pressing issue. Internet banking is still a distant dream for a major part of our population. The queues outside ATMs aren’t moving any quicker and much to the whole nation’s dismay, it’s costing us lives.
While PM Modi requests his countrymen to bear with the inconvenience for a little longer, a church in Kerala is doing its bit for humanity.
Understanding and empathizing with the plight of the underprivileged who might not even have legitimate bank accounts to get their 500 and 1000 currency notes transferred to, the people who might not have the means to survive these ‘cashless; days, St Martin De Porres church in Ernakulam district of Kerala is reminding us that humanity comes above everything else.
On Sunday, the Church opened two of their donation boxes, so people in dire need of cash could meet their daily needs. “It is the church where people come and talk about their problems. Some of them did meet the priest and tell how they were finding it difficult to buy daily necessities. That’s when the father discussed about the possibility of opening the collection box to the needy,” Shelson Francis, Convenor, Church Committee Youth Wing said.
“There are around 200 families who come under this church. Most of them are people who may not have proper savings in bank accounts and those who do not know the workings of an ATM. Ever since the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes became illegal, they have been struggling to meet their daily needs,” Jimmy Poochakkatt, the parish priest said.
The most heartwarming part is, the Church did so expecting absolutely nothing in return. “We did not keep track of who took what. But we were told the box mainly filled with Rs 10 and Rs 50 notes were of great help for them,” Shelson Francis said.
It’s beautiful to see the people of this country helping each other out unconditionally even in these testing times when even the smallest currency could mean a life to someone.
News Source: MensXP