SILCHAR, Dec 19: All India Regional Rural Bank Employees’ Association (AIRRBEA) representing majority of officers and employees working in the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) staged a dharna in front of the Parliament House on December 8 where five members from the Assam Gramin Vikash Bank Officers and Employees’ Association (AGVBOEA) took part. MPs from different parties addressed the dharna supporting of the demands of Gramin Bank employees. Assam MPs Ramen Deka, Bijoya Chakraborty, Kabindra Purkayastha, Kumar Dipak Das and Joshep Toppo were among those who addressed at the dharna.
The demands of the RRBs are review and revision of the existing manpower policy and providing adequate and need-based manpower through regular promotion at all ranks to ensure branch expansion, financial inclusion, NREGA etc. The RRBs have been protesting the new RBI policy that allows banks to open their branches at any towns and places, even at places where the RRBs have their branches.
Assam Gramin Vikash Bank Officers Association regional secretary Shaktipada Bhattacharjee said 82 RRBs have been working through 15,107 branches in all the districts (615) of the country, barring Sikkim and Goa. THE SENTINEL