Time is money, especially in the times of demonetisation. Apps like Book My Chotu where you can book a person to stand in queues to withdraw money on your behalf, have become popular in Delhi-NCR. However, this pay-to-stand-in-queue-for-me culture isn’t new.
Suresh Chand, an employee with such an app-based service, says, “This work is not new to me. I have stood in queues earlier too, to deposit electricity bills and get movie tickets for people. Though, this time, the purpose is different and I have to wait for extra hours and the money is also better. I get Rs 90 per hour.”
However, chotus only wait in the queues and don’t enter the bank. “When we are about to reach the head of the queue, we inform the concerned person and he replaces us,” adds Chand, who carries his own water and sometimes even snacks to make his wait bearable. The apps are getting a great response. “We have got hundreds of calls since yesterday. Our motive is to extend help to those who can’t stand in the queues due to their busy schedules or some other reason,” says Satjeet Singh Bedi, the owner of one such application.
Some people are also asking their maids and drivers to help them get new money, for some extra pay. “I have asked my maid to bring her Aadhar Card and get the money exchanged on my behalf. I paid her `60 for that,” says Manju Saraf, a housewife.
Likewise, people are also posting their numbers on e-retail websites to help exchange money, but at a cost. Mahesh Sharma who posted his number says, “People can call us and we offer both the services — a person to stand in the queue and also to get the notes exchanged.”