Youths bank on mobiles to kill currency boredom

PUNE: Prabhakar Padval, a 74-year-old diabetes patient, needs Rs 3,000 for medicines every month. Post-demonetisation, this means that he has to stand in a queue for over two hours to withdraw that amount from his pension account.

“Every month I need medicines worth Rs 3,000 for my diabetes. I do not use debit cards, so I need cash. But standing for two hours in the queue is really tiresome and my back is aching. They do not have separate queue or arrangements for senior citizens,” Padval told TOI while standing in a queue at a public sector bank branch on Paud Road.

Some customers of the bank were happy that after about a month, they are now able to withdraw Rs 7,000 from their accounts. The bank has put up a notice requesting customers to cooperate and withdraw only Rs 7,000.

“It feels like winning a lottery. For the past one month, I have been queuing up at various ATMs and getting only Rs 2,000. Today I am very happy,” said Kiran Jadhav, a student from a Kothrud-based college.

But engineering student Akshay Shinde does not share the sentiment. His examination was at 1pm on Friday and he was waiting outside a bank till 12.15 pm.

“I needed money so I do not have any option but to stand in the queue,” Shinde said.

Shinde’s routine for the past one month comprises preparation for examination during the night and standing in the queue at a bank or ATM kiosk for two hours at least thrice a day.
While standing in the queue, armed with her laptop and a bag containing documents, insurance consultant Vanashri Palve was busy fixing appointments with clients.


“Yesterday, a client from Hadapsar had told me to come to his office at 3pm. I was in the queue for two hours and by the time it was my turn, the bank put the shutters down for lunch. I dropped the idea of withdrawing money to go to Hadapsar so I am here again,” Palve said.