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Bharat Bandh: Will bank services be hit? Here's what top unions said

All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) General Secretary Soumya Datta said the union has expressed its solidarity with farmers but will not be participating in the Bharat Bandh called by them.

India TV Business Desk Edited by: India TV Business Desk
New Delhi Updated on: December 07, 2020 21:02 IST
Bharat Bandh: Will bank services be hit? Here's what top unions said
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Bharat Bandh: Will bank services be hit? Here's what top unions said

Farmer groups, camping at various Delhi border points for over a week, have called for a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday, December 8, which is being supported by a number of opposition parties and other bodies, to protest against three recently enacted agriculture-related legislations. Bank unions have said they will not participate in the 'Bharat Bandh' on Tuesday, even as they expressed solidarity with farmers protesting against the new farm laws.

All India Bank Officers' Confederation (AIBOC) General Secretary Soumya Datta said the union has expressed its solidarity with farmers but will not be participating in the Bharat Bandh called by them.

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Similarly, All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said the union would not go on strike or abstain from work but it supports the farmers' agitation.

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Union members would wear black batches while on duty, stage protest after or before working hours and display placards before bank branches to support the cause of farmers of the country, Venkatachalam said, but added that banking operation will not be hit.

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Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against the new farm laws which they claim will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporate houses.

Meanwhile, farmer leaders have said that nobody should be forced to observe 'Bharat Bandh' on Tuesday and that emergency services will be allowed.

Several rounds of talks between the Centre and farmers have failed to break the deadlock.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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