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Bank employees stage protest against govt's decision to merge PSBs

AIBEA general secretary C H Venkatachalam alleged the merger of public sector banks would mean closure of six banks

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Members of United Forum of Bank Unions (Delhi State) stage protest against the bank merger | Photo: ANI

Members of the All India Bank Employees' Association on Saturday staged a protest in Delhi against the Centre's decision to merge 10 public sector into four entities.

Employees of all public and private sector wore black badges to work as a mark of protest to the government's decision.

The Association's General Secretary, C H Venkatachalam said the government's move was "ill timed" and needs a review.

A rally opposing it was also planned by the Association, Venkatachalam told PTI.

He alleged the merger of public sector would mean closure of six banks.

The BJP government at the Centre had on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four, to create fewer and stronger global-sized bankers as it looks to revive economic growth.

Minister Friday said 10 public sector banks -- Punjab National Bank, Canara bank, Union Bank of India, Indian Bank, United Bank of India, Allahabad Bank, Syndicate Bank, Corporation Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Andhra Bank would be merged.

"Government may call it a merger.. six banks which have been built up over the years will disappear from banking scenario", Venkatachalam said.

He recalled that when the financial recession was experienced world over in 2008, the domestic banking system was safe because of public sector banks.

On further course of action, he said the Union would meet in New Delhi on September 11 to decide on going on strike.

First Published: Sat, August 31 2019. 15:49 IST