It will gradually take another ten days for the normalisation of ATM services as the numbers of machines is huge but the vendors providing services are few. However, the government stated that most of the ATMs will be back in operation from today.
“Re-configuration (of ATMs), as we have done in the past, takes time so it has to be done one by one. It should be normal in ten days’ time because you have to understand that there are two lakh ATMs (of all banks) in the country but there are only three to four vendors in the country,” bank’s chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya said.
NCR Corporation and Hitachi are some of the bigger players providing ATM service said Arundhati Bhattacharya. She said many of the ATMs which are configured to dispense Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes can not dispense Rs 100 notes, so they have to be reconfigured now.
Bhattacharya said sending cash to the peripheral centres is also a challenge as it needs both transport as well as adequate security. ‘In several states money has to be airlifted and it depends on the weather since the money is transported in helicopters. So there could be some problems with the peripheral areas,’ she said. She advised the customers to also use ‘point of sale’ machines, where they can withdraw up to Rs 2,000.
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