Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla on Tuesday accepted reports of an alleged cash crunch in the country and said the shortage will be resolved within three working days.
Talking to ANI, Shukla said that there is an imbalance of currency available in various states at the moment, and the government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are looking into the matter.
He further said that the Centre has only Rs. 1,25,000 crores of cash currency as of now.
"We have cash currency of Rs.1,25,000 crores right now. There is one problem that some states have less currency and others have more. The government has formed a state-wise committee and RBI also formed a committee to transfer currency from one state to other. It will be done in three days," Shukla told ANI.
He, however, said that there is nothing to worry about and that the economic system of India is still safe and secure.
Meanwhile, the people in various parts of the country, including Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Maharashtra have been unable to withdraw cash from the ATMs.
"We do not know what or where the problem is but the common man is facing difficulty as the ATM kiosks are not dispensing cash. We have visited five to six ATMs since morning. We need to pay for the admission of children and purchase groceries and vegetables," said a person in Varanasi.
The residents of Hyderabad are also facing the similar issue.
"We have been unable to withdraw cash from ATMs as the kiosks, in several parts of the city, have run out of cash. We have visited several ATMs since yesterday but this is the situation everywhere," a person said in Hyderabad.
However, people in Madhya Pradesh claimed that they have been facing a cash crunch for the last two weeks.
"We are facing a cash crunch. ATMs are not dispensing cash. The situation has been the same for last 15 days. We have visited several ATMs today as well, to no avail," a local said.
The people in Delhi, on the other hand, said that most of the ATMs are dispensing only Rs. 500 notes.
"We are facing a cash crunch. Most of the ATMs are not dispensing cash, the ones which are dispensing, have only Rs. 500 notes. We are facing difficulty, don't know what to do," the locals in Delhi said.
In Bihar's Patna also many ATMs have gone 'out of service' causing inconvenience to the locals.
"I have been taking rounds of ATMs since last three days but cash is still not available. Facing a lot of inconvenience in this heat," said a Patna resident.