In Patna on the final day of bank strike on Thursday; lack of insufficient cash in the ATMs is causing problem to people. This strike has been called by bank employees to increase their wages.
ATMs belonging to various public sector banks, especially State Bank of India(SBI), Canara etc. either remained closed or displayed no cash on the screens.
SBI has more than 400 ATMs in Patna but almost all of them are running dry. Citizens were seen looking for an ATM dispensing cash.
A local trader Amrit Kumar Rai, said, I had no idea that the ATMs will also remain closed during the strike. It’s the end of the month and I needed cash to give salaries to the workers in my shop. However, hardly any ATM is open near my shop.”
Sudha Krishnan, a homemaker, said, The problem is that the banks went on strike at the end of the month when one needs to make major transactions.
Sneh Singh, a hostel girl said, My parents send me money on the last day of the month. However, they were unable to deposit the money in the bank due to the strike, as per local media reports.
U K Singh, president of Officers’ Association, SBI, Patna, said most ATMs in the city remained closed on Thursday.The machines were stocked up on Tuesday. However, the ATMs faced the problem of cash shortage on Thursday. ATMs will be refilled on Friday.
If the demands are not met by the government, we will have no other option but to go for an indefinite strike,” Singh added.