PATIALA, Aug 27: A massive rally was organised by the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees' Federation here today to demand the immediate recall of the managing director of the State Bank of Patiala. The federation alleged that he was running the bank in a whimsical manner and had failed to give proper direction to the bank.
Over 3,000 employees of banks from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh participated in the day-long dharna outside the State Bank of Patiala Head Office, on the Mall here, protesting against the alleged anti-employees and anti-bank policies of the present management of the SBP.
Prominent among those who addressed the rally were Krishan Lal, general secretary of Punjab Bank Employees' Federation, Devinder Singh, president of the All India State Bank of Patiala Employees' Federation, I G Gupta, general secretary of the All India State Bank of Patiala Officers' Association, Yog Raj Gupta, general secretary of the All India Oriental Bank Employees' Federation, and Amrik Singh Ahi, president of All India State Bank of Patiala Officers' Federation.
N. K. Gaur and Devinder Singh, while addressing the rally, highlighted the anti-employees and anti-bank policies of the present management as a result of which the performance of the bank in the last year had fallen to the lowest level amongst the associate banks.
The deposits of the bank during the last financial year had increased merely by 6.87 per cent and advances by 8.1 per cent. The operating gross profit had increased only by Rs 12 crore. No decision regarding high-level advances, short-time deposits, increase in miscellaneous income have been taken by the management. No expansion of the branches was being allowed by the MD.
Krishan Lal and Yog Raj Gupta, while addressing the rally, expressed full support of Punjab Bank Employees' Federation.
Condemned the ban on recruitment, the federation demanded immediate notification of vacancies of JMGS-1, for promotion from the clerical cadre. Compassionate appointments should be given to dependents of the deceased nominated by the widow, it demanded.
Due to improvement in the law and order situation, security at branches has been diluted and the facility provided to officers withdrawn. The federation demanded that the ITBP security cover provided to the MD should be withdrawn and position prior to terrorism be restoredIt said that all the premises where space was inadequate and buildings which were in dilapidated conditions, be moved to spacious buildings.
The employees demanded allocation of housing loan funds so that all eligible employees could avail the immediate implementation of medical scheme for the retired employees on SBI lines for which the allocation had already been made.