Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mother Heeraben Modi on Tuesday arrived at a bank in Gandhinagar, Gujarat to exchange her old currency notes post the scrapping of higher denomination currency by the government.
Heeraben was seen patiently waiting in a queue to get her currency notes exchanged. She was seen clutching a bundle of old Rs 500 notes in her hand. She was assisted inside the bank to the counter by two women.
She was later seen displaying a new Rs 2,000 note to media cameras after exchaning currency of Rs 4500 .
— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2016
Meanwhile, banks and ATMs across India are witnessing heavy rush today once again after they opened for public dealings after a holiday on Monday.
Cash-strapped people started making beeline outside ATMs and banks in different parts of the country since early morning today.
Yesterday, banks were closed in many parts of the country (especially northern part) on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti and the limited success to ATMs created chaos as cash vending machines had gone dry.
Meanwhile, Government yesterday said that it has set up a task force under the chairmanship of RBI Deputy Governor SS Mundra to ensure that ATMs across the country are ready to dispense higher denomination notes (Rs 500 and Rs 2000) in the shortest time.
The central government has also directed banks to activate nearly 2 lakh micro-ATMs, 1.1 lakh in rural areas and nearly 90,000 in urban and semi-urban areas, to facilitate the disbursement of new currency.
PM Modi while addressing the nation on November 8 announced the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in order to curb black money and terror funding.