Finance Ministry asks states to make sure security of bankers, take stern motion in opposition to unruly

New Delhi, July 9

The Finance Ministry has requested states to make sure security and safety of financial institution officers and take stern motion in opposition to perpetrators following incidences of assault on bankers in some elements of the nation within the current previous.

The Department of Financial Services, in a letter to chief secretary of states, mentioned that incidences of unruly behaviour of anti-social components in opposition to the bankers must be responded with stern motion taken in opposition to such components, sources mentioned.

Last month, a lady financial institution worker in Canara Bank (erstwhile Syndicate Bank) was attacked by a police constable at its Saroli department in Surat, Gujarat. Following the incident, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had assured that the protection of all members of workers in banks is of significance.

“Amid challenges, banks are extending all services to our people. Nothing should threaten their safety and dignity,” she had mentioned.

A couple of incidents, together with assault on Bank of India workers in Maharashtra, have been reported after the Surat assault.

Citing current information experiences and social media protection, the letter mentioned it had highlighted situations of anti-social components behaving in an unruly method with bankers inside financial institution premises.

“You would agree that such incidents need to be responded to proactively and with a firm hand, stern action taken against such elements with full force of law so that bankers are protected and the public assured of secured access to banking services,” the letter dated July 7 mentioned.

Securing the supply of banking providers to the general public always is important for households to fulfill their bills and entry advantages by way of DBT and for merchants, farmers industries, and many others, to hold on financial actions.

Delivery of important providers, together with banking, is all of the extra necessary within the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, it emphasised.

“…I request to appropriately sensitise and instruct district magistrates and the state police to take all necessary measures for prevention of timely and effective response and deterrent actions. Public communication of the state’s resolve and actions to deal firmly with miscreants would also help in deterring and instilling confidence in the public and the banking community,” it mentioned. PTI

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