Students and teachers in the rural Indian state of Uttar Pradesh lost their jobs due on Friday as the government implemented the demonetised currency, the Supreme Court has said.
The court had asked the Centre to provide “more information” on how many jobs were lost due to the change.
“The loss of jobs is likely to be a major economic blow to the people of the state of UP,” said senior advocate Ravi Sood.
State education minister M Venkaiah Naidu told a news conference on Friday that he had ordered the closure of schools, colleges, nursing homes, private colleges and public schools in the state.
Naidu said the move had “no impact on employment prospects” of those who had lost their employment.
Demonetisation has forced the closure, suspension and reopening of about 1,600 schools, as well as shuttering of hundreds of private colleges across the state and cancelling of about 10,000 public and government jobs.
More than 200,000 people have been made homeless as a result of the demonethic and cash-for-votes operation, with more than a million people forced to seek shelter from the freezing temperatures at camps in neighbouring states.
India is facing its worst year in years after the death of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been blamed for the chaos and political upheaval in the country.