FAKE: Viral message claiming banks will remain closed for 6 days in September first week

Viral message claiming banks will remain closed for 6 days in September first week

Messages claiming banks in the country will not be functional up to six days out of the first nine days in September are fake. Such messages are going viral on social media platforms and instant messaging applications like WhatsApp.

Highlights

Message claiming banks will remain closed for six days in September first week goes viral.
These claims viral on social media platforms and WhatsApp are fake.
Message may have originated due to misinformation about a strike by RBI employees.

CLAIM AND CLAIMEE
Messages claiming banks will remain closed for six days in the first week of September — from September 2 to September 5 and then on September 8 and 9 — are going viral on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and on instant messaging applications like WhatsApp.

This is one of such messages –

bank closed fake message

The messages also claim that ATMs “may” remain cashless and advise people to “plan accordingly”.

ORIGIN
The rumour seems to have originated from someone mixing information from different sources and putting it together. Let us explain.

September 2 is a Sunday. September 3 happens to be Janmashtami, which is a restricted holiday in many states, a working day in some states and a holiday in a few other states.

There have been reports about a call for strike by employees of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) — the members of United Front of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees — on September 4 and September 5 against the Central government for refusing demands related to employees’ Provident Fund and pension.

September 8 is a second Saturday, a bank holiday and September 9, a Sunday again.

VERIFICATION
A report by news agency IANS quoted National Organization of Bank Workers Vice President Ashwani Rana as saying, “The message going around on social media that banks will be closed for six days in the first week of September due to holidays and bank strike is not correct.” Rana also said that the strike called by the employees of RBI will not have much impact on the day-to-day operations of public and private sector banks.

The Department of Financial Services also tweeted about the rumour, denying it.

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