JAIPUR: People in the rural pockets continue to face cash crunch due to defunct ATMs and lack of bank facilities in the remote areas of the distict. Nearly 16 days after the banning of high value currency notes, normalcy is yet to be restored in the district.
Huge rush was witnessed at the SBI ATMs at Jaraka Bazaar on Thursday for withdrawal but people had to return disappointed as none of the ATMs dispensed money. “I went to SBI ATM at Jaraka to withdraw money, but it was out of cash.
Then I went to Kaima, where both the ATMs were closed. I later rushed to Barabati, where similar situation prevailed,” said Gopal Charan Moharana, a retired government employee. Moharana travelled almost 20 kms and rushed from one ATM to another, but failed to get any money.
The ATMs of UCO Bank, IndusInd, SBI and AXIS banks at different areas remain shut for past few days while other ATMs have been running dry. Small traders, street vendors, restaurant owners and transporters have also started to feel the pinch owing to shortage of smaller denomination notes `100, `50, `20 and `10 in the market. Meanwhile, a Central team has visited Jajpur district to assess the impact of demonetisation on the public.