India: Demonetisation takes its toll on the poor

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Endless lines outside banks have become the norm in India, as millions of people queue to deposit or exchange the 500 and 1,000 rupee notes that since last week have become officially worthless.

"We don't have anything to eat in our house," Manjula Begum, a waste picker who lives on the edge of a New Delhi slum, told Al Jazeera.

The notes' sudden withdrawal from circulation, a measure aimed at fighting corruption, has caused chaos, with markets, petrol stations and other retailers refusing to accept the larger notes and bank cash machines staying closed.

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