From a Correspondent
TANGLA, April 20: Residents of sub-divisional town Bhergaon of Udalguri district and its neighbouring rural places have been deprived of basic banking services like ATM. The ATM of Bhergaon State Bank of India (SBI) has not been restored since it was looted by miscreants years back. The branch was inaugurated on April 3, 2012 and the ATM was uprooted by miscreants on November 28, 2014. It has been lying defunct since then. The repeated appeal of the locals to SBI authorities to install an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in the bank premises of Bhergaon SBI to ease their hardships of travelling to neighbouring places like Tangla to withdraw money has been ignored.
The bank authorities seem least bothered, depriving the people of basic banking facility citing security concern. Locals are of the opinion that the bank if necessary should provide armed security guards in the ATM but should no longer deprive the people of ATM service.
Another problem faced by the local people is the presence of Customer Service Point (CSP) only at Bhergaon SBI premises instead of remote areas. Locals said that they were facing a lot of inconvenience and urged for establishing the CSPs in neighbouring places too.
The locals had several times raised the issue with the bank officials but nothing has so far been done to restore the ATM. People have exhorted the government and SBI authorities to look into the matter and restore the ATM service at the earliest.