With Dasara festival round the corner, striking government employees thronged various banks in Chittoor town and elsewhere in the division to get personal loans on Tuesday. As the Samaikyandhra agitation entered 63rd day and chances of calling off stir seems bleak following APNGOs decision to continue the agitation, the employees flocked to the banks and enquired about personal loan limit and submitted applications. Interestingly, the bank authorities have arranged for special counters to guide the employees. Meanwhile, the pawnbrokers in the district seem to be a happy lot as agriculture and construction labourers, who have been out of work due to Samaikyandhra bandh, were seen visiting pawnbroker shops to deposit gold and silver jewels for money.

The bandh has also hit the rural youth, working in private firms in towns, as they are forced to shell out more money for transportation than they can afford due to which they have temporarily stopped going for work. Various shops in Chittoor, Madanapalle and Piler towns have been facing shortage of workers.