Chandigarh: Total chaos was witnessed outside all the banks in tricity on Thursday as people rushed to change denounced currency with newer one.
Though residents welcomed the decision of government to check black money menace but also highlighted the ire they had to face. Residents queued up outside banks and ATMs to get new currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 2000.
Police and entire administration was on its toes throughout the day to ensure law and order outside the banks and post offices.
Despite banks deputing more staff to deal with heavy rush, people complained of inconvenience due to mismanagement. Many people felt dejected as they were handed Rs 100 notes instead of new Rs 500 and Rs 2000.
In Chandigarh long queues were seen at bank square, Sector 34, Sector 35 and other prominent sectors where most of the banks are located. People turned outside banks and ATMs on Thursday to get new currency notes in exchange of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes that have been abolished by government.
DSP Law and Order, Roshan Lal, said, “The cops were deployed around the banks including bank square, high court, secretariat, Sector 34 and others areas. No unscrupulous activity was reported”.
The condition remained similar at Panchkula and Mohali too. The people complained of the inconvenience they faced due to this as long queues were made by the people and they started gathering outside the banks in the early morning hours only during their walk time.
All the bank branches in each phases and sectors of Mohali were jam-packed with citizens for exchanging and depositing money. Public gathered outside branches by 8 am in morning to get valid currency notes.
On other side Post Offices did not had new currency notes in Mohali. Postal employees were busy in returning customers from post offices and remained busy in convincing them that they haven’t received new currency notes. They also refused to take currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. Many people blamed that ‘Sifarshi’ people get currency notes as well as back door entry.
Senior Citizens faced the problems as they had to stand in long ques. In many branches senior citizens were seen arguing with bank security guards. Many citizens complained that they security guards misbehaved with them.
Banks witnessed huge rush of residents to change currency notes on Thursday. UPendra sen gupta
Most of the branches in Mohali were giving their customers currency note of Rs 100. Those who wanted to see new currency notes got disappointed as banks exchanged their currency with Rs 100.
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