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Watch this documentary series on the impact of money ban

It’s been twelve days since the Modi government banned Rs.500 and Rs. 1000 notes in the country in a bid to recover ‘black money’ and ‘combat terrorism.’ While many have lauded this move, it cannot be denied that demonetization has had more adverse effects than good for the common man. sbcltr presents an insight into the lives of the most vulnerable sections of the society through a documentary series by Aabha Joshi, Neethu Saji and Kritika. Titled, Acche Din Kiske? The series attempts to give you a glimpse into the lives of people who have come to a stand-still by this dramatic move.

Episode 1
He is a painter living in Mumbai and a temporary worker whose wages depend upon the days he can find work. On an average, he gets paid Rs. 500 a day and ever since Modi announced demonetization, he has been unable to find work. Being the only earning member in his family, the lack of a job jeopardises, not only his future, but that of his family.



Episode 2
A fruit seller gives her experience of life without money. She is among the 93 per cent who comprise the unorganised sector of the Indian working class and talks of how, despite working for over twelve hours a day, she’s been able to earn only Rs. 50 a day since demonetization. The issue of providing change for Rs. 2000 has directly impacted her earnings and she is forced to decline purchases, even though she desperately needs the money earned from them.



Episode 3
Women talk of how demonetization has affected them. More than 80 per cent of them are still outside the banking system. Despite that, many of them manage to save money for daily requirements. This money is saved after great travails and is now the target of demonetization which is making them lose all their savings.



Episode 4
After 9 days of ‘war against black money,’ the queues outside banks are yet to die down. So far, 55 people have died because of this move. As PM Modi’s mother walked inside a bank to withdraw cash, many other women stood in queues, giving up their daily wages—some of them were forced to accept old currency from their employers.



Episode 5

A 75-year-old woman has been standing at a queue for over eight hours and narrates her experience.



You can follow their work here, People Against Demonetization

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