Kashmir Indepth

COVID-19: Won’t allow rush in banks, ATMs; JK Bank Chief


Srinagar, March 26 (KINS): At a time when Jammu and Kashmir administration is implementing lockdown in letter and spirit with Kashmir reporting its first death due to Covid-19, J&K Bank Chairman Thursday made a fervent appeal to its customers not to create rush in Banks and ATMs to maintain social distancing.

He also said that they have formulated a strategy and have directed the branch heads not to allow rush in Banks.

“In view of the Covid-19, People need not to worry about cash dealing whether it is to deposit or withdrawal. Bank will continue to ensure that their customers have access to funds either directly or electronically. But yes we urge people to come one by one to Banks and maintain social distancing.” J&K Bank Chairman R K Chibber told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) over phone.

He said that the bank is implementing guidelines of the government in letter and spirit and that branch heads have been asked not to allow unnecessary rush in the banks.
He appealed people to be responsible and understand the gravity of the situation.
“All ATMS are being and have been sanitized across J&K especially in the Valley. I suggest people should take full advantage of net banking, which has been made easier for the customers,” he said.

“We have provided sanitizers to all the ATM guards across J&K to keep ATMs clean. People should not panic and enjoy the banking with their bank.” Chibber maintained.
It is to mention here that as the number of coronavirus cases in the country continues to rise, anxiety is prompting some people to make emergency preparations like withdrawing the cash in bulk from the Banks and ATMS.

However when it comes to cash there are those who also worry that the cash itself could be a source for transmission. (KINS)

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