Strike at rural banks continue

Employees from Malda join the stir
Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
27 Mar 2018

Hundreds of employees of rural banks in the district joined three –day strike convened by All Bengal Gramin Bank Employees Federation (ABGBEF) to escalate their protests against alleged step-motherly attitude of the ministry of finance. The employees suspended their work and resorted to strike at all branches of the rural banks in the district. Members of Bangiya Gramin Vikas BankEmployees’ Association (BGVBEA) participated in the strike in large numbers suspending their work.
Interestingly despite facing difficulty with the strike at rural banks in the district, the consumers virtually supported the demands and sympathized with the causes of the movement.
Partha Sarathi Sanyal, general secretary of ABGBEF said, “Strike was the last resort for us. We have been pushed to choose the strike as the Central government and ministry of finance turned deaf ears to our long standing demands and grievances.”
“Rural bank employees are offered a pitiable sum as pension irrespective of their ranks. The Central government has deliberately reduced the number of RRBs to 56 from 196 through amalgamation. This is how the backbone of rural economy and the banking services to rural people have been crippled deliberately,” Sanyal said.
The ABGBEF members also demanded hike in pension, appointment on compassionate grounds, parity of service regulations on par with the sponsor bank, computer-increment and other facilities.
Malay Chakraborty, a consumer of BGVB, Malda branch said, “It’s true that we are facing inconvenience owing to the strike. But the government should sympathetically consider their demands as we find those to be justified.”