November 16, 2016
Chennai: As banks across the country started applying an indelible ink mark on the right hand index finger of customers who exchange or withdraw currency notes, in poll-bound Tamil Nadu the fluid was applied on the left hand by certain banks from Wednesday evening.
As per instructions from the Union Government, a small mark of indelible ink is to be applied on the right hand index finger of those exchanging currency notes to prevent multiple cash withdrawals. However, with no clarity bewildered officials in certain banks applied the ink on the left hands of transacting customers, which was against the norms.
Some pictures showed that a few banks in other districts of Tamil Nadu marked the ink on the right hand of its customers who came for withdrawal or exchange.
A senior bank official of a nationalised bank, seeking anonymity, said that due to elections in three places in the state an ink mark for exchange or withdrawal of currency notes on the left hand would lead to unnecessary confusion. “So it has been decided that the ink mark would be put on the right hand,” the official added.
“With few days to go for the elections in Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Thirupparankundram in Tamil Nadu, the ink mark on the left hand is likely to create more confusion,” says a representative of a national bank union in Chennai.