THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Cooperative Banks are observing hartal today in protest against the Centre’s alleged enmity and indifference towards them in the wake of its demonetisation move.
The hartal, which paralysed the Cooperative sector, was called by Samkyuktha Samara Samithy. Primary Agricultural loan societies are also taking part in the hartal. Milk and hospital cooperative societies have been exempted from the hartal. The strikers took out marches to district collectorates. Marches were taken out to RBI regional offices in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam. CPM leader V S Achuthananthan inaugurated the march in Thiruvananthapuram.
The agitators’ demand were the Centre and the RBI should take steps to protect cooperative banks, primary societies should be allowed to accept invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1000 and the RBI should accept the notes deposited in chest branches of district cooperative banks.