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Bank strike enters day 2; services hit across country

The strike is against the government's decision to privatise public sector banks which have been playing a vital role in nation building, (AIBEA) general secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

India TV Business Desk Edited by: India TV Business Desk
New Delhi Published on: December 17, 2021 14:24 IST
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A closed bank during a two-day nationwide strike called by United Forum of Bank Unions against privatisation of public sector banks, in Chennai

Highlights

  • AIBOC General Secretary said that about 7 lakh across the country are participating in the strike.
  • Public sector lenders had informed customers that services in their branches might be affected.
  • The private sector like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, are working as usual.

Bank Strike: Lakhs of employees of several state-owned banks including the State Bank of India (SBI) continued their strike on the second day on Friday as well to protest against the proposed privatisation of the public sector banks by the government impacting normal operation across the country.

Shutters of branches across many parts of the country on Friday were down following the strike call given by the United Forum of Bank Union (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine bank unions including All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and National Organisation of Bank Workers (NOBW).

As a result, services such as deposits and withdrawal at branches, cheque clearance and loan approvals remains paralaysed due to the two-day strike ending later in the day.

Public sector lenders had informed customers that services in their branches might be affected due to the strike.

However, the private sector, especially new-generation private-sector lenders, like HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank, are working as usual.

The strike is against the government's decision to privatise public sector banks which have been playing a vital role in nation building, (AIBEA) general secretary C H Venkatachalam said.

AIBOC General Secretary Soumya Dutta said that about 7 lakh across the country are participating in the two-day strike.

In the Union Budget presented in February, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the privatisation of two public sector banks (PSBs) as part of its disinvestment plan.

To facilitate privatisation, the government has listed the Banking Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, for introduction and passage during the current session of Parliament.

The government has already privatised IDBI Bank by selling its majority stake in the lender to LIC in 2019 and merged 14 public sector banks in the past four years.

(with PTI inputs)

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