Saturday, September 26, 2020

 #5DaysBanking is globally accepted and proved system directly or indirectly promoting large #DigitalTransactions and therefore also gets aligned with Govt campaign of #DigitalApnayen 

Looking forward for an effective banking reform, supporting work-life balance. 


*Tweet from Urjit Patel*


In terms of global competitiveness if Indian banking needs to be aligned with corporate culture and the problems of common public and employees needs to be addressed, a #5DaysBanking is a viable option to be considered by both @DFS_India and the ministry.

*Tweet from Bimal Jaalan*

Wednesday, September 23, 2020



 Reason for IBA's disagreeing to demand of BEFI to incorporate Chairman's promise on family pension in MoU exposed. Some went to the extent of issuing circular on quantum of increase. Really,  what a sorry state of affairs. 

- Pradip Biswas, VP, BEFI



*Death of SBI manager, who was denied leave after getting COVID-19, triggers outrage*

Multiple requests made by P Rajesh, SBI Branch Manager in Vizag, were turned down by higher officials despite suffering from fever and showing COVID-19 symptoms.


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The death of a 39-year-old banker in Vizag due to COVID-19 has left the banking community, not only in Andhra Pradesh, but across the country in shock. Several banking employee unions across the country have condemned the manner in which the higher authorities at the bank allegedly treated Pitta Rajesh- rejecting his leave on multiple occasions before his demise. 

The SBI Officers Association has claimed that despite repeated requests for leave by the young banker, even after he tested positive for COVID-19, the concerned seniors did not grant him leave. Employee unions have now called for stringent action to be taken against higher officials after Rajesh's death.  

The SBI Officers Association (Amaravati Circle) has written a letter to the General Secretary of the SBI Officers’ Association located in Tirupati, alleging violation of COVID-19 guidelines by the bank’s higher authorities. According to the association, 39-year-old Pitta Rajesh, Branch Manager of Agency Laxmipuram died of COVID-19. The association says that Rajesh was in touch with them in the last few days before his death.

The association has alleged that the Regional Manager and the Human Resource Manager are responsible for Rajesh’s death. The association believes that timely action of sanctioning leave could have saved Rajesh’s life. The association has also mentioned in the letter, “The death revelations of Com Rajesh are disgusting, dreadful and have left the whole banking community to shock (sic).”

According to the association, Rajesh was suffering from a fever from August 25. The field officer of the branch was also unwell and as Branch Manager, Rajesh immediately sanctioned leave to the field officer when he tested positive on August 28, states the association in its letter.

However, the association alleges when Rajesh requested for leave, he was informed that unless he submits a COVID-19 positive report, leave wouldn’t be sanctioned. The association goes on to allege that Rajesh was forced to work even despite fever and symptoms of COVID-19.

On August 30, there was another request made for leave by Rajesh but in vain. On August 31, yet another request was made but the HR Manager did not pick up the call and according to the association, the Regional Manager turned down the request by saying that deputation cannot be arranged where only two officers are posted.

The fact that the field officer of the same branch had tested positive was not taken into consideration by the RM while turning down Rajesh’s request for leave, said the association. As leave was not sanctioned, Rajesh could not even undergo a COVID-19 test despite suffering from fever and symptoms, they further alleged.

It was only on September 1 that Rajesh could get himself tested. According to the association, on September 1, when the transformer near the bank branch blew and operations were stalled, the cash-incharge, seeing Rajesh’s health condition, decided to take him on his bike to get tested for COVID-19.

When the result of the rapid test returned positive, Rajesh immediately informed the higher officials and requested for leave. However, even after testing positive, the request for leave was turned down by both the Regional Manager and the HR Manager, alleged the association. Meanwhile, the two managers asked for a copy of the report as proof for the leave to be processed.

On September 2, when Rajesh received a printed copy of the result, he submitted the same following which his leave was sanctioned. The association alleges that by then Rajesh’s health has drastically deteriorated. 

Rajesh was later admitted to a government General Hospital in Kakinada for treatment. Even during treatment, according to the association, he was directed to attend review meetings online. Rajesh was also allegedly insulted and targeted by the Regional Manager during the review meetings. He passed away on September 11. 

According to the association, the bank’s guidelines and instructions laid down were never followed. The association says the instructions were only on paper. “No attempt is being made for the well-being of staff members who are detected to be positive.”

Rajesh’s death has sparked outrage among bank employee unions.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

 Regret  to inform you all that 

Sri Subhash S Sawant, 

General Secretary of INBEF and a great fighter is no more with us. 

He breathed his last today (13.09.2020) morning due to Covid-19.

It is great loss for the bank's employees movement in general and for INBEF in particular.Our heartfelt condolences to  bereaved family members. May his soul rest in peace.        

Regards, Sambhu Nath Deb.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020