Even the court staff who did not want to be quoted said that money deposited in the home piggy banks and savings by their children helped them reach the court premises as they are also in the habit of keeping big notes in their wallets.
Chennai: People queue up outside an ATM to withdraw money in Chennai on Friday.
At many places, people had to return disappointed because many banks ran out of cash just hours after opening for the day. Security guards at these ATMs faced a tough time explaining the situation to angry customers.
"I personally feel it's a complete wastage of my money", said Sachin Jindal, a Toronto resident who tried to exchange his rupees at multiple locations since Modi's announcement.
The government has mandated that banks remain open through the weekend to accommodate the rush of people desperate to get some usable cash.
Not all banks could stock their ATMs with cash, resulting in harassment to people.
People will be able to exchange their money at banks between 10 November and 30 December.
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The ATMs of nearly all the Nationalized Banks including SBI, BOI, PNB, BOB etc and Private Banks including IDBI, HDFC, and ICICI etc remained closed today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's gamechanging move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has left hundreds rushing to their nearby bank branch to get new currency notes.
ATMs on Friday reopened two days after the government introduced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to crack down on black money.
Given that India is still very much a "cash" economy and that at least 45% of transactions involve notes of 500 rupees or more, this is no small undertaking, the notes being withdrawn are the highest face value notes in circulation. "My uncle died today, but I still had to come to work", said a Punjab National Bank branch manager in Mumbai who didn't want to be named.
According to reports, the software used in ATMs will have to be completely reprogrammed to enable them to dispense Rs. 2,000 note. "The RBI says it doesn't have enough currency", the paper quoted the regional head of a nationalised bank as saying. "Today, we are living in a situation where we are finding to hard to avail our hard-earned money", said Pradeep Sharma, a resident of Rajender Nagar in Ghaziabad.
"We had paid salaries to around 700 workers on Monday but a lot of them haven't been able to change their money at banks and are complaining about a cash crunch", Vikram Deep Singh Sekhon, a tea garden manager in West Bengal, told AFP.