Bank Timing Reduced In Ahmedabad: Due to COVID-19, Banks are operated with 50% staff, reduce timings till 30th April
According to the circular issued by the finance department, the banking business for customers shall be undertaken from 10 am to 2 pm.
Very worse situation in Ahmedabad Banks, approx 15,000 bank employees and officers infected by covid-19 and more than 30 employees died during the second wave of Covid-19 in Gujarat.
Bank Timing Reduced In Ahmedabad From Today Till 30th April
All the bank timings in Ahmedabad is changed from today (Ramnavami) and have been allowed to work with 50% staff and Bank Timing Reduced for customers by two hours for 10 days only till April 30. The decision in this regard was taken by the Gujarat government on Tuesday.
According to the circular issued by the finance department, the banking business for customers shall be undertaken from 10 am to 2 pm. “This is a reduction of two hours from normal banking hours for customers,” said Janak Rawal, GS of MahaGujarat Bank Employees’ Association.
“Staff strength in branches and administrative offices shall be curtailed by 50 per cent by adopting alternate days work from home to minimise the risk of pandemic,” the circular stated.
During this 10-day period, bank branches and its offices shall provide only essential services to customers and preference shall be given to senior citizens. The essential services will include cash deposit, cash withdrawals, RTGS and remittances including clearing.
“This step was needed as there were a lot of Covid infections happening within the banks. We had also asked the government to consider all Saturday as holiday which was not considered,” said MM Bansal, convenor of SLBC in Gujarat.
“All essential services will be provided and in certain branches where enough staff strength is present we will allow normal activities to take place. However, it will be on a case to case basis and we will be leaving it to the respective branches,” Bansal added.
In a letter written by MahaGujarat Bank Employees’ Association and Gujarat Bank Workers’ Union on Monday, the unions sought government help to reduce physical exposure of bank employees with customers.
“Bank employees are the silent protagonists of the fight against coronavirus. They are working under the fear of getting contaminated. Total banking staff is working under fear and is apprehensive about their health. They are supposed to interact with common people,” states the letter.
“As per report available, nearly 15,000 bank employees and officers are infected by coronavirus and more than 30 bank employees have lost their lives in this second wave of coronavirus in Gujarat,” the letter addressed to the CM stated. Mr.Rupani is also the chairman of State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) in Gujarat.
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