Did media lie about currency woes? B'luru man checks 23 ATMs to find out
Are you one of those people who is torn apart by conflicting opinions on demonetisation, and is wondering what the merit of these arguments are?
While the media is reporting on the cash crunch across the country, Tinu Cherian Abraham, a Bengaluru-based social media influencer says, a conflicting narrative is appearing on social media, with a number of users hailing the withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes, dispelling any news about hardships it posed to the general public.
Tinu decided to verify for himself what the real picture is at ATMs in Bengaluru.
On Sunday, Tinu, an active social media user, posted real time tweets on what the situation was at 23 ATMs in Bengaluru.
Speaking to The News Minute, Tinu Cherian says he set off at 10.30am with the ATM trail taking him a little over 6 hours.
"It was an impromptu plan on a Sunday. Under normal circumstances, all the ATMs in the city should be working and I decided to do a status check. As my tweets carried the time and details of the ATMs, there was no reason for any kind of ambiguity in them," he said.
Covering the trail mostly on foot, he went to ATMs in and around Whitefield and KR Puram.
At most places, Tinu Cherian was met with “No cash” boards or closed shutters. At others, it was either the long, winding queues or the machines that dispensed only Rs 2000 notes that he came across.
It was not before the 5th ATM he went to, that he came across a functioning machine.
Of the 23 ATMs Tinu Cherian went to, only 4 ATMs were functioning, faithful to the boards that promised the ATM would work 24x7.
He concluded his experiment by 3:44pm, unable to go on any further as he was exhausted and dehydrated.
Though he supports the government's decision to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, Tinu Cherian says that the hardships it has caused the common man cannot be justified.