The chaos entered third day after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes as post offices and ATMs failed to disburse any cash on Friday.
The post master at sector 8 post office said that they did not have any new currency and their bank was yet to disburse cash to them. This was the second day when post offices went without any currency exchange. They are only allowing deposits.
When chief post master general Haryana Circle Sukhdev Raj was contacted, he expressed ignorance and directed to contact Superintendent JK Gulati. Around 3:45 pm, Gulati informed, “There was some mistake in fixing the limit on computers. We got the cash quite late. We have just provided Rs 40 lakh cash to Sector 8 branch and they would soon start disbursing. We will remain open on Saturday and Sunday also.”
ATMs did not work in Panchkula throughout the day. Reason: They are not calibrated to disburse only Rs 100 currency notes.
People continue to line up outside banks in entire Panchkula for currency exchange and depositing old notes. One has to fill a form and attach a photocopy of their identity card. HDFC branch in sector 8 has deputed its staffer to manage crowd. They were facilitating senior citizens. Police personnel are deputed around all bank branches.
At ICICI branch in sector 11, officials were entertaining only their customers while asking others to come after 4 pm. Other bank officials deputed outside their branches were seen deflecting people to other banks.
Around 1 pm, Allahabad bank in sector 11 said that there was no cash for exchange but officials said they would replenish it soon. Bank of Baroda in the same sector locked its gate and claimed that there was no cash. IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank also denied for exchange while officials of Vijaya Bank and Bank of Maharashtra in the same sector asked people to come around 3 pm as cash was yet to be replenished.
Poor man suffers
“Only today I had got my salary of Rs 11,000 but in demonetized currency notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000. I have to pay rent and to grocery story. Where should I go. I have checked 3 banks so far but they are claiming that there was no cash,” said Balwinder Giri, resident of Kharakmangoli slum. Giri works with a contractor.
Suman, resident of Mauli Jagran, works as maid. “Today I had got my salary of Rs 6,000. I have an account in Bank of Maharashtra but they are refusing as of now to exchange it. They are claiming that cash is finished. I have to pay Rs 4,000 as rent and also to milkman and grocery shopkeeper.”
The local bodies department allowed depositing of property tax in Panchkula in demonetized notes of Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 till midnight of November 11.