Adding to the cash crunch woes, heavy rush is expected in banks on Thursday as ATMs ran dry within hours of salary credit on pay day on Wednesday.
People are likely to throng at bank branches as central and state governments credit salaries and pensions to millions of accounts. At the central level alone, there are around 50 lakh employees and 58 lakh pensioners.
Bankers said the government’s move last week to provide Rs 10,000 in advance to non-gazetted staff may provide only a slight relief.
Despite recalibration of nearly 70 per cent of ATMs do not have cash, while people are struggling with the problem of change as the operational ones dispense mostly high denomination Rs 2,000 notes.
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