Monday, March 25, 2013

SBI to open on Good Friday and Sunday(31st March), Association protests

SBI branches will remain open on Good Friday, the 29th March'13 and branches conducting Govt. transactions will remain open upto midnight of Sunday, the 31st March'13 for year ending transactions. The bank has informed this in a public notice. It will also extend banking hours on saturday (30th March) upto 5 PM.
The officers association protested this decision and demanded withdrawal of this directive.

The State unit of All-India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC) has protested against the directive to keep bank offices open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Abraham Shaji John, secretary of the State unit of AIBOC, said here that the directive infringed upon the religious rights of Christian bank officers and employees. The directive is learnt to have been issued by the Ministry of Finance through the Reserve Bank of India, citing exigencies associated with banking formalities getting bunched up at the end of the financial year. But John said the directive fails to appreciate the sentiments of the Christian minority, which could have been avoided with some advance planning. He urged the Centre and the Reserve Bank to withdraw the directive with immediate effect.
Source : Business Line

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