Demonetisation: Banks go dry within hours, seniors say sent by kids

An 80-year old heart patient Lekh Raj said that he had been waiting for three hours. Many such persons said they had been sent by their children to withdraw cash.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:November 20, 2016 4:07 am

Despite separate counters having been opened in almost in all banks for senior citizens, there was still no let-up in the rush at banks on Saturday, which was also dedicated to serve senior citizens to exhcange notes.

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As a result octogenarians too had to wait for hours to be serviced. Banks too did not have enough currency to cater to the demand, going dry in a matter of hours. Many branches did not have drinking water facility.

A PNB senior official, on the condition of anonymity, said that his branch was among the ones that did not receive enough currency.

An 80-year old heart patient Lekh Raj, while awaiting his turn outside Axis Branch here told The Sunday Express that he had been waiting for three hours. Many such persons said they had been sent by their children to withdraw cash.

Wattan Singh, Lead District Manager (UCO Bank) and spokesperson for banks in the district, said they did not get enough cash for exchange, but added fresh cash will reach by Monday morning.