The Prime Minister's surprise demonetisation announcement has coincided with the onset of the wedding season, and many families planning to host weddings have been left stranded with old currency that is no longer being accepted by caterers, decorators and other vendors.
Amidst such troubles, the Delhi Police has rubbished rumours in the social media about higher cash withdrawals being allowed for those who could furnish genuine wedding cards. According to these rumours, a person would be allowed to withdraw ₹5 lakh from their bank account or exchange this amount for defunct currency notes if they could produce wedding cards and get them verified by their area DCP.
However, there is no truth to this rumour. "There is NO such decision that if DCP certifies regarding marriage in family, person can withdraw 5 Lacs from their account. It's a #Rumor!" DCP, North Delhi, Madhur Verma tweeted.
There have been numerous reports of demonetisation badly hitting families with upcoming marriages. "Should I first pay the tentwallah or the jeweller? I go through dilemmas like this everyday. Thanks to the government's decision to ban ₹500 and ₹1000 notes, I don't have enough cash to pay people,'" a man whose daughter is getting married complained to PTI. Many weddings have been postponed since the currency ban was announced, because caterers and decorators demand payments in cash.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi joked about the cash crunch being faced by those organising family weddings. His comment invited considerable anger on social media.