1. Letters to Editor: Kudos to bank employees

Letters to Editor: Kudos to bank employees

When there has been absolute chaos all over the country since the announcement of demonetisation of the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, kudos to the banking fraternity for commendable work done.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 24, 2016 6:30 AM

Kudos to bank employees

When there has been absolute chaos all over the country since the announcement of demonetisation of the 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, kudos to the banking fraternity for commendable work done. All praise for bank employees, who are working from morning to the late hours for last few days for the benefit of customers, for exchanging high denominations, collection of deposits and other regular banking transactions. All necessary arrangements have been made by banks as well as the government to ensure hassle-free transactions. Bank staff, called upon to undertake this gigantic task at such a short notice, have risen to the occasion without complaining. All bank managers have aided senior citizens and worked during the weekend. In some branches, shamiana have been put up to guard people against the sun. Some people are even offering drinking water, buttermilk, biscuits and toffees! It is observed that the moment bank opens the door, people rush in like a herd of cattle. They push each other to move ahead and shout at bank employees for not letting them in immediately. If bank do not follow an organised system, the entire branch may fall into chaos. The public sector bank employees do seem to have risen to the occasion and, by and large, have been doing a really commendable job under difficult circumstances. There is no doubt that bankers have always performed the task given by the government right from the time of nationalisation. Bankers have in the past stood like a rock and supported the government. Bank employees, logistics and support staff are doing their best, putting in a lot of effort and working tirelessly to bring back normalcy as quick as possible. Banks are the backbone of the national economy. They did their best to minimise the stress of anguished public in times of demonetisation. All praise to bank employees who are always ready to face any critical issue in the interest of nation, right from their placement, away from home/children.

Vinod C Dixit, Ahmedabad

 

Demonetisation pains

It is not an overstatement that the dramatic demonetisation drive has disrupted the normal life of the aam aadmi as well as the proceedings of the Parliament. TV channels have all of a sudden come out with ‘opinion polls’ overwhelmingly in support of the demonetisation move. This is to reciprocate the government’s lack of interest to recover unpaid bank loans. Of greater worry is that the government may give the hard-earned money deposited by the aam aadmi in the wake of the demonetisation to corporate houses under the pretext of propelling economic growth. The BJP is now fielding stalwarts like Ratan Tata and Narayana Murthy to endorse demonetisation. The prime minister has deemed it unnecessary to justify his momentous decision on the floor of parliament. When he entered the Parliament for the first time he bowed to touch the steps with his head. But he seems to undermine its supremacy. What BJP exactly means by saying the Modi is “people’s prime minister” and “not political prime minister” is not known. The prime minister deploys emotions to give the demonetisation step a pro-poor twist. Had the prime minister expedited the prosecution of 648 known Swiss bank account holders and action for the retrieval of black money stashed away in foreign accounts and kept his poll promise of Rs.15 lakh to each one of his compatriots, his crusade against black money would have carried more credibility.

G David Milton, Maruthancode

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