Twitterati goes gaga over ATM failure and heavy rush in banks

On November 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a huge masterstroke by demonising Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes. However, banks and post offices are witnessing the heavy rush of customers to withdraw newly released currency notes.

Although the Government informed that ATMs will function from November 10, most of them are having a shortage of funds. In Kerala, banks are facing software related issues with ATMs because of thickness differences in the new notes.

According to reports, the software used in ATMs will have to be completely reprogrammed to enable them to dispense Rs. 2,000 note. This is because of the fact that new notes are thinner and smaller. With the introduction of new notes, ATMs are facing a long time to complete a transaction. Moreover, RBI has capped the withdrawal limit, which is affecting customers to a large extent.

According to Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairman, State Bank of India,

it will take at least 10 days for the services to be restored like previously. Since the new notes have security features, the ATM software has to be rewritten.

Here are some of the popular tweets explaining the present state:

As you see, there is a long queue inside and outside various banks and post offices. We expect the situation will improve within the next few days. If you urgently require cash, you can visit smaller banks instead of new generation banks.

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