First there were the sad faces with the old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, then there were (and still are) the long queues in front of banks and ATMs for cash, then the happy selfies with the new Rs 2,000 currency notes, and now, joining the rather long list of demonetisation-inspired selfies this week is the inked finger selfies. Yes, ever since the government declared that you need to get your finger marked with indelible ink whenever you get old currency notes changed, people have been clicking photos of their inked fingers and the new acquisition.
The move was introduced to stop repeat money exchangers thronging banks with invalid currency notes in the select metro cities. SBI and few other banks in Delhi have started using indelible ink. As per the government statement, 11 branches of SBI are using the method to weed out customers queuing up again and again to exchange invalid currency notes. As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for exchanging notes, concerned bank branches and post offices would put indelible ink mark on the right index finger of the customer so as to identify that he/she has exchanged the old currency notes once.
Akin to proudly displaying the ‘mark’ when one goes out to vote, the note ink may not be as popular and frequent (people are probably too tired standing in the long queues to bother taking a selfie once the transaction’s been done), but there are those who have been posting pictures on various social media platforms.
Take a look at some of them here.
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) November 16, 2016
— The Timeliners (@the_timeliners) November 15, 2016
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) November 15, 2016
— Anantha Subramanyam (@Ananthaforu) November 16, 2016
— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) November 16, 2016
Have you got your finger inked after changing money?
— iDream News (@idream_news) November 16, 2016
— Oneindia.com (@Oneindia) November 17, 2016
— Sweta Goswami (@sweta_goswami) November 16, 2016
Have you been inked yet?