Apropos the Chinese Whispers item, “First-time marriage only” (October 24), it is not clear whether all unmarried employees would be eligible for the allowance and leave or a “minimum service” or age restrictions would apply.
It is not clear whether this would be a one-time benefit or the allowance would be monthly and a week’s leave an annual affair. Of course, if the benefits
don’t continue post marriage, it may be interpreted as a disincentive for getting married. If the benefits
do continue, it would discriminate against already married employees.
Banks are unpredictable about imposing/concealing terms and conditions in small print. Having passed the test at the entry level, SBI
employees will protect their self-interest. But those handling Right to Information in SBI
should have their answers ready.
M G Warrier, Thiruvananthapuram
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