Amid the cash crunch in the wake of demonetisation, roadside gupchup sellers in Bhubaneswar have started offering the Paytm payment option to customers. Muna Patra, a roadside gupchup seller, has started selling his snacks using Paytm. “As Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes have been made invalid, I think Paytm would be a good payment option,” said Patra. Makar Das, a photocopy shop owner said that over the past two days, some of his customers were paying him through Paytm. Meanwhile, thousands of people had to return empty-handed from ATMs across the state after they ran dry.
Long queues were seen outside banks where people turned up to exchange their demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 rupee notes. “We are taking all possible steps to ensure that common people do not suffer,” said RBI (Bhubaneswar) General Manager Sarada Prasanna Mohanty.