Bhubaneswar: The United Forum of Bank Unions has decided to go on a two-day strike from March 15 against the central government’s decision in the last parliamentary session to privatise the banking sector.
As per reports, 30,000 employees from 5,500 different branches from Odisha are going to take part in the stir. Bank staff will stage a sit-in in front of the Odisha Legislative Assembly on Wednesday. The bank unions have termed the decision of the Indian government on privatisation of banks is like selling agricultural fields to buy rice which has no developmental point. Damodar Nanda the Chairman of AIBOC, Odisha Unit, confirmed about the strike and said, “The Union government has put off a plan of privatising few banks in the last budget session. To oppose the proposal decision of government, around 10 lakh bank employees including officers are going for an all India strike for two days March 15 and 16.”
Sanjib Pati one of the members of All India Bank Union said India is a country where 80% of people are middle class, below middle class, and economically challenged. The Government of India should focus on the schemes which can develop the economical standards of people but it is pushing down those like the banking sector who have a high contribution in making economy. So, we are against the decision of central government to go for privatising the banks as it will have a bad impact on the economy which is not acceptable.
Banks will be closed consecutively for four days – two-day strike on March 15 (Monday) and March 16 (Tuesday), while the previous two days March 13 is a second Saturday while March 14 is a Sunday.