Vijayawada, December 2
‘No cash. No service boards at almost all ATMs. Long serpentine queues at banks’. These cash problems had seen in almost all districts in Andhra Pradesh on December 1.
The people are angry as they do not have a single rupee in their hands despite having cash in bank accounts. They lamented there was no use even after standing in queue for long hours. Debit/credit cards also are not of much use as many of the shops do not have swiping machines.
In Srikakulam district, customers argued with the bank officials as they were giving Rs. 6,000 per head only despite the cash withdrawal limit of Rs. 24,000 per week.
Several banks in Vizianagaram district did not work till evening due to link failure. About 180 of the total 232 ATMs in the district have remained closed. The same situation was seen at several towns and villages in the entire State.
Tirupati Municipal Corporation DE Vajravelu died two years ago and his wife Jayanti had credited Rs. 2.84 lakh in her SBH account seven months ago. When she went to withdraw the money as her youngest son Sairam wedding was fixed, the bank manager denied to give cash to her since her name was not printed on the wedding card. Her name was not printed on the card since she was a widow.
The bank manager strictly said the cash should be in the name of either bride or groom.
Of the 853 ATMs 117 have not worked in East Godavari district. Even those worked for just one hour. Except the main SBI branch, all other banks and ATMs have no cash boards.
CPI national secretary Narayana visited the SBI branch in Ongole and interacted with the customers on cash problems.