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Serpentine queues, chaos outside banks on salary day

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New Delhi: As salaries got credited to many bank accounts on Wednesday, more chaos was witnessed outside bank offices with a large number of people queuing up to withdraw their money.

The situation has surely gotten worse with people now having to deal with payments to domestic helps, drivers, grocery bills.  


The November 8 demonetisation announcement was followed by huge struggles for the people hit hard by the cash crunch.

The situation has surely gone worse with people now having to deal with total cash payments to domestic helps, drivers, grocery bills.

An IANS correspondent who went from bank to bank both in New Delhi and adjoining Noida found people queued up in bigger numbers to withdraw their salaries were annoyed by the rush and showed resentment about the banks setting their own arbitrary limits and rules for withdrawals.

“I have been standing in the queue for past two hours as I have to pay my maid and grocery bills in cash. I somehow managed to convince my landlord to accept the rent in cheque but I am bound to visit the bank for other payments,” said Vishakha Sharma, a resident of Janakpuri in southwest Delhi.

“It is so humiliating that we have to stand in long queues and beg for our own money. I am sure, tomorrow (December 1) will be even worse as maximum number of people will receive salaries in their accounts,” the 27-year-old said.

An MNC employee complained about banks not conforming to the rules about the withdrawal limit.

“It’s the end of the month and I am supposed to pay bills. I came to withdraw Rs 24,000 but was allowed only Rs 10,000. How will I manage all the bills and expenses with just Rs 10,000 in hand?” Yogesh Yadav said.

Many showed resentment over the same issue and complained their demands were not met by the bankers, who feel that if they go by the RBI upper limit, they will be able to please only some of their customers – while the queues outside keep getting longer.

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