Long queues outside banks, ATMs continued on 35 day after demonetisation

Photo of people standing in long queue outside the ATM of prominent bank in New Delhi.

New Delhi: Long queues of public outside banks and ATMs continued for the 35 day today after the ban on high denomination notes was announced by the government on November 8th last month.

The queues appeared just as long and branches crowded, and constituted disaffected and despairing people, made cash-poor by the central government’s demonetisation move.

Near about 150 people was seen waiting from 8.00 am two hours before its opening time of the Punjab National Bank (PNB) branch near the Nangloi Metro Station.

The disaffection seemed to have led people to believe that the ban is anti-poor, said an individual privy to the daily scene at the bank.

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A pan vendor Asghar in front of the bank told media persons, “So far, I have seen only the poor, labour class people in queues. Yet to see an advocate, a top police officer, a judge, or any local politician coming and waiting.”

One another young man, who manned a fruit stall outside the bank, told media persons of an ingenious way of mitigating the anguish of standing in queue for long hours-something like a relay race.

The queues at the working ATMs in Connaught Place were same as they were the very next day after demonetisation.

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