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Bharat Bandh Today: Banking Services Partially Affected, Cheque Clearance And ATMs Hit | 10 Points
Bharat Bandh Today: A section of bank employees did not report for duty in support of the nationwide general strike. However, there was no major impact on the functioning of new generation private sector banks.
New Delhi: A 2-day Bharat Bandh (nationwide strike) called by a joint forum of central trade unions to protest against the government policies has partially impacted banking services on Monday. Reports claimed that a section of bank employees did not report for duty in support of the nationwide general strike. However, there was no major impact on the functioning of new generation private sector banks. For the uninitiated, All Indian Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), among others are demanding scrapping of the proposed changes in labour laws and privatisation in any form. Increased allocation of wages under MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and regularisation of contract workers are also part of their demands.
Here’s your 10-point cheatsheet to this big story:-
- Transactions at many public sector banks have been impacted as employees have not reported for duty.
- There might be a delay in cheque clearances and government treasury operation might also be affected by the strike.
- The impact of the strike is prominent in eastern India as many branches of public sector banks there are closed, All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said.
- In the other regions, branches are open as officers are present but services are being impacted due to many employees participating in the strike, Venkatachalam added.
- Bank unions are protesting against the government move to privatise two public sector banks as announced in Budget 2021-22. They are also demanding an increase in interest rate on deposits and reduction in service charges.
- Most of the banks, including State Bank of India (SBI), have informed their customers about the proposed strike and likely impact on the services in advance.
- “We advise that while the bank has made necessary arrangements to ensure normal functioning in its branches and offices on the days of strike, it is likely that work in our bank may be impacted to a limited extent, by the strike,” SBI said in a regulatory filing.
- In West Bengal, the state government has asked all offices to remain open and ordered employees to report for duty. However, the Left Front members earlier in the day blocked railway tracks at the Jadavpur Railway Station in Kolkata.
- In Tamil Nadu, a large number of buses operated by State Transport Undertakings (STU) remained off the road, affecting morning office-goers and others in many places.
- Public transport services were also affected in Haryana as the Roadways employees joined the strike.
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