Bank Employees are facing problems in reaching to the branches due to obstruction from police authorities. In Mumbai and metro areas commutation is big problem.
Now ensuing week branches will have to face rush at the counter due to salary disbursement and pension payment. Yesterday’s announcement of disbursement of subsidies through Jandhan accounts is likely to result into huge rush at the counters whereby to maintain required distance amongst customers and employees as against customers is not possible which will result into frustrating the very purpose of quarantine.
This is likely to put customers as also staff to a great risk. Government should find out the alternatives.Bank employees have pressure from their families to maintain quarantine. Health workers or police officials are carrying occupational risk which is not the case of bank employees for whom this is great risk to which common employee is not used to.
Bank employees need transportation and traffic at the branches to be regulated and mask, sanitizer thus to mitigate the risk. During last week Chief Minister has come on air several times, Prime minister and finance minister has come on air for couple of times but none of them has acknowledged bank employees’ efforts which is inexplicable. During demonetisation period employees have worked overnight for a period of more than two months but still most of the banks have not paid overtime as yet.
Bank employees have opened more than 35 crore Jandhan accounts, they have been linked to Aadhaar, Rupee Cards have been issued to them. Government has implemented all their flagship programs through banks during the period are sustaining huge pressures but are not being compensated.
Bank employees wage revision is due since November 17 but still the same has not been concluded which has resulted into utter frustration with the employees. Government and Bankers need to take initiative in diffusing the situation otherwise it will be very difficult for the government to seek cooperation of the employees at the hour of crisis.
Source: Devidas Tuljapurkar, General Secretary MSBEF