Orphaned children could not exchange old notes: This is what Modi did for them
In a kind gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to the rescue of two orphaned children who were unable to unable to exchange demonetised currency found at their parents home.
Modi not just wrote an emotional letter to the children, but also sanctioned Rs 50,000 for an orphan brother-sister duo in Kota, Rajasthan, who had found Rs 96,500 in demonetised bank notes months after the deadline to exchange such notes was over.
The children are living in a shelter home. The children, 17-year-old Sooraj Banjara and his nine-year-old sister Saloni had lost their father sometime back. They were living with their mother. Unfortunately for them, their mother was murdered.
The mother had left behind 96,500 for them. By the time they found the currency which had been demonetised by then, it was too late for them to exchange it.
The children who were with the Kota Child Welfare Committee were taken to their parents' home where the money had been found. They tried to exchange the demonetised currency, but the RBI could not accept the same due to the deadline.
The children then decided to write to the Prime Minister in which they explained their difficulty. This was all the money they had and it had been rendered useless due to demonetisation.
In the letter written by the children on March 25, they said that the notes found at the home of their parents had turned into paper. They sought help directly from the PM as this concerned their livelihood.
PM Modi who was moved by the letter offered a helping hand to the children. Apart from sanctioning Rs 50,000 Prime Minister's Discretionary Fund (PMDF), Modi also got the two children insured under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana (PMJJBY).
Modi also made sure that Rs 1,710, the insurance premium was released in advance for a period of five years.
In his letter to the children, Modi wrote, "I sympathise with you after getting to know about your current state. The sanctioned amount and insurance may not be sufficient to solve your problems. However I am sure that such assistance would reduce your problems a little bit at least," PM Modi also wrote.