<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To help ease the difficulties caused to people in the backdrop of demonetization, the Maharashtra government has asked the Railways and all leading government hospitals to allocate some space for banks to start counters for change of currency. The Home department has already spoken to authorities concerned and has collaborated with the Bank of Maharashtra to assist it in the initiative.”Leading hospitals including KEM, JJ and Nair have already confirmed and are making arrangements to allow Bank of Maharashtra start additional counters inside the premises within a day or two. However, we are yet to hear from the Railways on the issue,” said Vijay Satbir Singh, additional chief secretary, Home department.Besides, the department, in public-private partnership, is starting a call centre and help-app shortly to deal with some of the critical cash crunch scenario. “The website Nagrik.net will carry the toll-free number and application to help anybody in distress and those who wish to volunteer,” Singh added.Sources claimed that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday had called a meeting of several departments to think of possible ways to ease the difficulties faced by general public.As one of the initiatives, the department has issued helpline numbers for citizens for redressal of grievances and problems they face at ATMs, hospitals, petrol pumps and banks. According to police, these are the places that are witnessing large crowds .With some incidents of refusal by banks, petrol pumps and hospitals to accept the old notes also being reported, the state police have also set up grievance cells in each district and city to avoid untoward situation.Addl counters:KEM HospitalJJ HospitalNair Hospital

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Counters for note swap at railway stations, hospitals likely