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WITH MOST salaried individuals receiving their monthly income on Thursday, bank branches and ATMs across the capital continued to witness serpentine queues as people gathered to withdraw their salaries. From an I-T department official to a domestic help, from a municipal body official to corporate employees, these queues comprised people from a range of professions — all waiting for their turn to get cash.
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At the SBI branch on Parliament Street, a government official who works in the vigilance section of the I-T Department awaited his turn to use the ATM at 3.30 pm.
The official maintained that this was his second visit to a bank on Thursday. “I have a bank account in Jhandewalan, but I came to know that the branch does not have cash. I reached an ATM near ITO at 11 am but by 1-1.30 pm, it had run out of cash. I came here after that. All of us waited outside the gates for an hour before the guards let us inside. There are at least 10 people before me in the queue. Most people received their salaries today and they have to pay people who work for them. They also need money for smaller expenses. The rush is more today because of that,” he said.
Less than 100 metres away, another queue had formed outside an SBI ATM by 3 pm. With 24 people standing ahead of him in the queue, another government official said he had been standing in the queue for at least an hour.
“I came here from office. The entire day is spent doing this… Earlier, I had used cheques to withdraw cash for some expenditure. But that cash was in denominations of Rs 2,000. There is no change for the Rs 2,000-note in the market. You will get change only if you are spending Rs 1,700-1,800. This ATM has been issuing the new Rs 500 note,” said Shubhrat Mahakul.
Around 1 pm at a private bank in Rajendra Nagar, 25-year-old Santosh, a domestic help, walked out of an ATM after waiting in the queue for nearly two hours. While she received her salary from one employer on Thursday, she could not withdraw that money.
“I am left with my last Rs 120. Groceries in the house are running out. My salary has been transferred to my husband’s account. Now, I will go back home and ask my husband to withdraw some cash,” she said.