Kupwara: The scene in views (picture above and below too) is simply horrible.
This large crowd has gathered outside the Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s Villgam branch in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.
The bank customers, most of them, elderly men and women have lined up almost one over another, throwing social distancing to winds, in a bid to collect cash from the branch.
Seeing this scene, it appears as if these people are starving and must get cash right away to ensure survival.
They simply do not care about Coronavirus and even police is struggling to make them understand that life is much more important than the money and Coronavirus was highly contagious.
“Hey, brother, Why are you clicking picture here? We do not have any threat of Coronavirus,” said an elderly man standing in the long queue, staring at Curtain Raiser, Correspondent.
‘Don’t click pictures here to alert authorities about this. We know how to deal with Coronavirus,” he added, fixing scary eyes on Correspondent.
Butt reporter clicked pictures to make it a point that pictures tell most of the story.
Sadly this scene is not very rare amid ongoing lockdown in wake of fast spreading pandemic. A bank official at Kupwara’s Lalpora branch (Lolab Valley) told this newspaper that people do not give a damn to social distancing, while visiting banks.
“It has become almost impossible even for police and bank guards to control the rush. We collected dozens of passbooks today to regulate huge rush after we literally failed to control customers,” he added.
Why this mad rush?
Don’t blame customers alone for the mad rush at banks. The government has credited almost all types of beneficiary payments, subsidies including PM Kisan and LPG UJWALA into the customers bank accounts.
“Besides other subsidy payments, Rs 865 per beneficiary has been credited into the accounts of thousands of UJWALA beneficiaries amid ongoing pandemic. This has triggered huge rush at banks,” said a bank official.
“The payment to beneficiaries could have been deferred for at least two weeks,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Anshul Garg, assured that he will look into issue. “All necessary steps will be taken to regulate the rush at banks,” Garg added.