Banks may hire retired staff to deal with cash rush: Finance Ministry

"We are happy that the government has addressed some of the issues raised by us," All India Bank Employees' Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said in a statement.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 15, 2016 8:35 pm
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The finance ministry on Tuesday asked banks to consider engaging retired employees to deal with the unprecedented rush for exchange of invalid currency notes and ease pressure on existing staff. In a letter written to Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), the financial services department of the finance ministry said it should look into issues, particularly employment of retired bank staff and payment of remuneration and instruct the banks suitably at the earliest.

“In the event of extra business hours implemented to cope up with the situation, banks may require to make deployment plan of staff on shift basis so that the same person does not work for continuous long hours,” it said.

Praising commendable work done by the banking fraternity, it said banks may plan and support the officers and employees working in late hours, particularly the safety and security of women employees, with arrangements for food and conveyance.

Additional infrastructure like more terminals, separate arrangement for cash, exchange and dispensation may be implemented and services of retired persons may also be taken so that the pressure of existing staff may ease and a larger customer base is satisfied, it said.

Many employee unions have made representation to the finance ministry and IBA presented the multiple problems being faced by employees and officers on account of implementation of the demonetisation scheme.

“We are happy that the government has addressed some of the issues raised by us,” All India Bank Employees’ Association General Secretary C H Venkatachalam said in a statement.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Nov 15, 2016 at 10:12 pm
    While FM and Unions want the help of retired employees, they are still adamant by not solving pension problem. Pre 2002 retirees get a pittance of pentimento, with no revision for the last 15 years. In that both FM and Unions are culprits. Hope atleast give an urance to retired staff that they will be consulted during future negotiation .
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    Satendra kumar
    Nov 15, 2016 at 11:10 pm
    Ex banking staff welcome for any demonetisations job available for them regardless of day and night willing to give all strength for betterment for all Indians.
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    abyy
    Nov 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm
    Why not hire new people, at least they get the job. Always benefit those who are are already getting benefit.
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    sunny
    Nov 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm
    what ever may be the reason but poor and middle cl families are suffering a lot w day standing in the queue leaving jobs and business bank is giving 2000 notes when going to buy something they dont have change to give.
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    Baskar
    Nov 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm
    dear Sir,lt;br/gt;These are the same people who spend less than 500 or 1000 on a daily average for their personal expenses (food and miscellaneous etc..). lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is because , they run their "small business" without accountability to tax and need daily investment to their undeclared "business" who are raising cries. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Situation will definitely improve when ATMs start dispensing money. I on other side have restrained myself to stand in the queue and carrying out all of my transactions in electronic form. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Similarly when every small business encourages cheque and electronic payments , long queues and frustrations will go down completely.
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    bimal krishna
    Nov 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm
    Very good, logical ,fair and accommodating move by MOF to facilitate functioning of Banks to the best of efficiency for customer delivery or demonetized note changers.
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    Rashmikant Shah
    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:40 pm
    You are wrong. I am middle cl person and I have no problem at all. Because I anm not corrupt and my BOA is absolutely prope. I am also having no problem bacause I store few notes of Denominations upto 20 K at home. That is good enough for a Month as I use credit as well as Debit card for my major expenses. Now people with AAP back ground will start say what about villagers and small traders?? all humbug
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    Raghunath
    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm
    Banks have shown sincerity in dealing with the situation and have acted patiently. Good job. Stray incidents of impatient acts should be overlooked.
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