Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) banks in Rajkot on Saturday said that banking services have been affected with their officers being assigned the election duty by district election officer. District officials said that at least 200 officers of PSU banks have been assigned election duty for the forthcoming assembly polls for which voting will be held on December 9 and 14.
Some of the banks in Rajkot have put up notices for customers saying that banking operations will not be undertaken after 2 pm as the staff members are on election duty.
Bulk cash deposits, cheque clearing, NEFT and RTGS services have affected because of this order of the Rajkot election officer, said bankers adding that the members have to attend election training during day time.
UCO Bank’s Jawahar Chowk branch manager Manoj Mangal said, “I have five officers and need at least two of them to run the branch smoothly. As all of them have been assigned election duty and have to go for the training, I have to close banking operation.”
Another banker seeking anonymity said public sector banks are facing tough competition from private sector banks and if banking services are disrupted it’s directly affecting the business. “The traders and businessmen have to bear the cost of disruption,” he added.
President of Gujarat Bank Workers’ Association K P Antani said, “When bank staff is assigned election duty, branch manager has no option but to curtail operations. Even bank management doesn’t interfere with election officer’s decision.”
However, Rajkot district collector and election officer Vikrant Panday said, “We asked them to come for a day’s training and now they will be assigned duty on polling day. We need micro observers who know Hindi as well.”