Hyderabad, Aug. 5 (NSS): Banking activities in the country remained paralysed on Friday with some 10 lakh workmen and officers working in public and private sector banks, foreign, regional rural and cooperative banks in the country, including 80,000 personnel working in some 5,000 branches in the State, participated in All India bank strike to press the government to concede their major demands.
A mammoth rally was taken out from the State Bank of India local head office at Koti at 10 am in which some 2,000 members from all banks in the twin cities participated and raised slogans demanding solution to their charter of demands. On the occasion, Dr Nageshwar Rao, MLC, Mr K Venugopal, general secretary of All India Insurance Employees’ Association, Ms Sudha Bhaskar, State CITU general secretary, Mr Abdul Khader, State INTUC secretary, and Mr Chandrasekhar Rao, AITUC State general secretary addressed the gathering and congratulated them for exhibiting excellent display of unity and solidarity among the bank workmen and officers. They have also extended their whole-hearted support to the cause of the employees and officers in the banking industry, who are fighting against the financial policies of the government which are detrimental to the interest of the banking sector, customers and general public.
According to reports, employees and officers of all banks took out processions and rallies in all the important towns and cities in the State. The response to the strike call was overwhelming. The bankmen wee determined to carry forward their struggle in case the government failed to respond positively to resolve the issues. (NSS)