Although it has been around a month since Prime Minister Narendra Modi shocked the Indian masses with his move of demonetising old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, the effects of the decision are still evident. People continue to struggle while standing in ATM and bank queues and even if they do manage to get a Rs 2,000 currency note, because of the lack of money flow in the market right now, their case seems to be no better.
After pay day on December 1, it was the lack of cash in ATMs that affected people more than the serpentine lines at banks. While in Kerala, some creative people decided to mourn the ‘untimely and sad demise’ of a closed ATM by placing a wreath at its shutter, in Delhi recently, people ended up doing something different. In East Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, some people who were done with the nearby ATM displaying ‘no cash’ on its screen, organised a puja, praying to the machine so it dispenses some cash at least.
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According to a news agency, a resident said the State Bank of India ATM had stopped since the Prime Minister had declared the demonetisation of higher value currency. The man, who goes by the name Bhola said the residents took this absolutely unusual route so they could convey the authorities the difficulties the people in Jagatpuri have been facing after the government’s decision.
Punit Tiwari, also an aggrieved due to cashless ATMs, told IANS, “Earlier, we used to see couples and elders going for morning and night walk, but nowadays we can find couples running their vehicles on the streets looking for the ATMs with cash.”