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'Must convert it to usable cash', visually challenged senior approaches collector with 65k in demonetised cash

WION Web Team
Chennai, India Written By: Sidharth MPUpdated: Oct 19, 2021, 07:41 PM IST

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The senior citizen has petitioned the collector to help him out in converting the demonetized currency (consisting of Rs1000 and 500 notes) into legal tender

In an unfortunate turn of events, Chinnakannu, a visually challenged septuagenarian in Tamil Nadu recently realized that his life savings held in cash were not even worth the paper it was printed on.

Living off the alms offered by people, the destitute senior citizen over several years managed to save INR 65,000 and had kept the savings in a place he considered safe.

However, owing to illness and other factors, he, unfortunately, had forgotten all about his cash savings.

Only recently did the elderly person come to know of demonetization, which was announced on November 8th 2016, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

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Apparently, a friend of his told him that the 'old notes' were useless.

It was on Monday that the senior citizen approached the Krishnagiri district collector, with the help of a cobbler.

The senior citizen has petitioned the collector to help him out in converting the demonetized currency (consisting of Rs1000 and 500 notes) into legal tender. 

The issue came to light after pictures and videos of the visually challenged person holding a wad of invalid currency notes were widely shared on social media. 

In the video, Chinnakannu says that he found the cash only on Sunday and realized about the notes being illegal tender and that he didn’t know about this earlier. He added that he was in the Collector office to ensure that this currency can be converted into usable currency (legal tender).