Frustrated over “No Cash” messages displayed outside banks and ATMs, residents of an east Delhi locality on Sunday organised a ‘pooja’ of an ATM, praying that it dispenses some cash.
The unique worship was organised in east Delhi’s Jagatpuri area, where over 50 local people went to the State Bank of India ATM and worshipped the cash dispensing machine.
“The ATM of the SBI has not been dispensing cash since the cash ban, so we performed its pooja, so that it dispenses some cash,” Bhola, a resident of the area, told Indo-Asian News Service.
“We did this to highlight the problems the people of Jagatpuri area are facing since the government banned higher denomenation notes,” Bhola said.
“Earlier, we used to see couples and elders going for morning and night walk, but nowadays we can find couples running their vehicles on the streets looking for the ATMs with cash,” Punit Tiwari, another resident, told Indo-Asian News Service.
People have been queuing up at branches of banks, ATM kiosks and post offices to withdraw cash ever since the central government announced the withdrawal of higher currency notes on November 8.