Thursday, 29 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
People across the state are facing problems due to non availability of cash in the ATMs. The problem is likely to get compounded as four back to back holidays would start fromThursday. In the mountainous areas of the state is problem is more acute and the local population which is more dependent on cash is facing many hardships. In the provisional state capital also the notices of “No Cash’’ are greeting those visiting them. People faced inconvenience as most of the ATMs of the city running out of the cash. Few ATMs which are providing cash are only dispensing notes of Rs 2000 denomination while some of them have imposed restriction of Rs 3000 on the withdrawals. The availability of cash in all major banks has diminished alarmingly and the chests of these banks are running dry.
In the mountainous areas the people are facing problems as the ATMs are running dry for days all together. “A situation similar to the demonetization decision of 2016 is prevailing in the hills. There is no cash in all the ATMs of the town from last many days. The economy of people of mountainous areas is dependent more on cash as people are yet to adopt digital payment modes. God knows when the situation would improve,’’ said Chandra Rawat a resident of Gauchar in Chamoli district. When contacted by The Pioneer over phone, the Assistant General Manager (AGM) of State Bank of India (SBI), V K Khatri confirmed that less availability of cash in the last few days. He said that requests for more cash have been sent to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Apart from the general public the absence of cash is causing problems to the employees working in the banks as people are arguing with them for non availability of cash. “ The bank employees are working tirelessly, effectively and cooperating among themselves to serve the customers but things are becoming difficult for us. The RBI must improve the situation soon otherwise the patience of people could wane out,’’ said a bank employee. The state has a network of 532 bank branches and 1600 ATMs.
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