Shillong, Mar 31, 2020: State Bank of India Officers Association (North Eastern Circle), largest officers’ organizations in North Eastern region with member of around 4000 officers raise question over the safety of all state bankers.
In a press statement SBIOA, North Eastern Circle, Rupam Roy said in spite of putting all efforts, the bankers faces several constraints in the course of daily activities, like sufficient number of hand sanitizers, masks, gloves, etc. are not available in the market and when it comes dealing customers and handle the bank notes without enough protection in routine manner.
“We have explored all the possible avenues from our end to get the mentioned safety equipment but all our efforts proved to be futile. Under the given circumstances, we understand that facing numerous customers and handling the cash, which could a major carrier of germs, is a very risky proposition. Here, we state in clear terms that all the bankers have risen to this occasion and have been serving the customers flawlessly treating it as a national call but at the same time no one can deny that the bankers are in serious jeopardy owing to the non-availability of the safety equipment” he added.
Further, there have been quite a few reported cases where the bank officers and employees had to face the wrath of the police deployed in the streets to restrict the movement of the public without having any valid reason. Perhaps the Police personnel were not properly counselled by the administration that our job comes under the Essential Services Maintenance Act and any restriction in our movement will act as a hindrance in rendering our services.
In view of the above stated facts, we, through this piece of communication, whole-heartedly appeal to the government and the administration to initiate the corrective measures in this regard so that the necessary safety equipment are made available to us at the earliest so that we can work without endangering ourselves to the risks associated with the outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Further, we put forward our request to make that the bankers are not harassed anywhere by the police while commuting. Last but not the least, we also take this opportunity to congratulate each and every banker for their brave efforts in ensuring that the nation gets our service at this time of crisis.