Tea, water and snacks: How RWAs, volunteers are helping those in queue
Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and several volunteers of NGOs came to the rescue of Delhiites and arranged for tea, water, snacks among other things for people who queued up for long hours outside banks and ATMS to exchange and withdraw money.
Several vounteers also stood up in the queue for senior citizens so that the elderly can take some rest.
The services offered by the volunteers helped mitigate frustation and anger among the people in the queue against the bank emplpoyees and security guards who are trying to cope up with the huge pressure following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.
The RWAs in some localities installed water dispensers outside bank branches offering relief to the people who waited for their turn to come, while at some places, even snacks were distributed.
“There are three banks in our locality and hundreds of people gathered from early morning to procue Rs 100 notes. We installed water dispensers outside the bank branches to help out crowd and the guards.
We also distributed forms and helped people to fill them,” said Saurabh Gandhi, President of Maharana Pratap Bagh RWA near Shaktinagar. Vivek Jha of Janakpuri along with some residents also distributed water and tea among the people standing in line outside banks.
Some RWAs also requested banks authorities to seek their service if the need any, to ease the pressure caused by rush of people in the branch.
Meanwhile, residents in the national Capital continued to face trouble in commuting through public transport and auto-rickshaws as the did not have either change or new currency notes to make the payments.
The queues at Mother Dairy and other cooperative stores where old currency notes are being accepted till November 24 were also long and people were seen buying the products in bulk.
At various hospitals in the city, patients and their family members faced inconvenience in buying medicines, food and availing transportation.