Banks reopen after three days long holidays, ATMs still out of cash

Photo related to long queues outside ATMs and banks in Delhi and NCR area.

New Delhi: As banks reopened today after a gap of three days long holidays but still ATMs runs without cash throughout the Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) were long queues seen outside banks.

The banks were also closed on Monday on account of Milad-un-Nabi after the weekend closure on second Saturday and Sunday.

It was a great disappointment for those standing outside banks and ATMs for hours as most of them hung “No Cash” boards within two-three hours of working.

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A troubled visitor Ram Krishna Mahto, who failed to withdraw cash after waiting in the line since 10 a.m at one of the bank asked, “Why is there no cash in the banks for people.”

He alleged while pointing a finger at bank personnel: “They must be passing on money through the back door.”

Within hours of opening the ICICI Bank at Connaught Place was one of the many banks in the city which stopped distributing cash after going “cashless”.

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Even some disappointed people started questioning the very rationale of the demonetisation decision, saying they were also feeling that banks were colluding with businessmen to change money, leaving the banks “dry”.

A college student, Utsav Jain said, “Government should by now realise that this problem is not going to go away in 50 days, as they told us. I don’t think things will go back to normal anytime before February or March.”

People were also seen arguing with bank guards and other staff members after they were told that the cash was finished.

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