DeMo returns: Agitated people do ‘aarti’ outside ATM, sing ‘Jai ATM Deva’

Kanpur: The reported statewide cash crunch led people to pray outside of an ATM to get the issue fixed. Agitated people in Uttar Pradesh, due to unavailability of cash protested with placards written with ‘cash shortage still persists since demonetisation’.

TOI journalist Rohan Dua shared a video on his Twitter account captioning with ‘Sample: Kanpur and Allahabad,’ referring the place of the event as these two cities. The video shows people singing and raising slogans outside the ATM. They can be also heard doing aarti with a bell and ‘pooja thaali‘.

Jai ATM deva, cash ki killat door karo, swami Jai ATM deva chant people in the video.

The SBI chief had yesterday said certain areas were facing cash problem in particular denominations. “It is not a uniform cash crunch problem. It is there in regions like Telangana and Bihar. We are hoping that the problem will be resolved by Friday because cash is in transition and it is reaching these states by Thursday evening,” SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar had told the reporters on Thursday.

On the other hand, Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla on Wednesday refuted the report, saying more than 80 percent of the ATMs in the country have cash.