The users of automated teller machines (ATMs) especially the Benazir Income Support Programme beneficiaries are facing great ordeal due to out of order ATMs across Sadiqabad tehsil.

Besides the BISP beneficiaries, the bank customers are also facing problems regarding withdrawal of money as the banks have closed down their ATMs by placing notices carrying information about dysfunction of the machines. In Sadiqabad, about 3,500 flood-affected people were provided with Watan Cards. After every three months, the flood-hit beneficiaries have to visit the ATMs for withdrawal of their financial aid of Rs3,500. However, during these days, various banks keep their ATMs closed thereby causing great rush at the other functional machines. As a result, the donees especially senior citizens and females have to suffer jolts which also lead to skirmishes.

Sadiqabad Welfare Society President Muhammad Afzal demanded that the State Bank of Pakistan should direct all the banks and the authorities concerned to ensure full-time functionality of ATMs also during the period of withdrawing money by the beneficiaries. He also demanded deployment of security men at the ATMs and, a strict action against the banks which keep the facility dysfunctional during the particular period.

ELECTIONEERING: The candidates for the local bodies elections have started offering their services for resolution of various problems especially low pressure of gas and loadshedding so as to woo the voters. As a result, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited teams have dug out many parts of the city to resolve the issue. The worst hit areas include: Mazhar Farid Colony, Makki Masjid Chowk, Main Road, Shaheed Colony and Ghulam Rasool Colony. Because of the dug-out roads, the traffic flow has also been affected irking the pedestrians and motorists. The local people have demanded early repair of the affected roads.