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A rare sight: Working ATM, no lines as villagers don't know how to use it


At the ATM outside a public undertaking bank just 25 kilometres from Bhopal, there is no sign of the sort of lines that are making daily headlines. At the Bank of Baroda branch in Sukhi Sewaniya village, people say they don't know how to use the cash machines and are intimidated by them. This is the only one bank catering to the financial needs of 84 villages with a population of 50,000. Villagers have been waiting for hours to exchange their old notes. The bank manager said that bank staff helping villagers to fill forms as most of them are illiterates.