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3. Merger of Banks commencing from State Bank of Saurashtra (2008), State Bank of Indore (2010) and 5 other Associate Banks in 2016 with State Bank of Indiaensured consolidation ofbranch network, forced career Progression of clerical or the exit path were some of tit-bits of the created situation. In 2020, in one stroke six banks were merged with four banks resulting in rationalisation of bank branches, displacement of staff etc. Resistance level was at the lowest ebb.
4. WORKFORCE STRENGTH IN THE BANKING INDUSTRY (2018-2023):
Source RBI’s Handbook of Statistics on the India Economy 2022-2023.
The fact is that the Public Sector banks handles 65% of the total business mix even to-day.Gradually, the staff strength in the Private. Sector banks have increased through contractual appointments.
5. Introduction of Digital Banking is slowly encroaching upon the reduction of workforce in the Industry. Reducing the Clearing operations through single grid is certainly going to reduce the workforce. The recent move of spinning off the operational banking as a subsidiary by State Bank Of Indiais another indication of contractualisation of the workforce. Allowing the reintroduction of Apprentice system like Agni veer by State Bank Of India to begin with followed by another bank, which was nationalised first in 1969, has created a further dent in the strength of the clerical workforce. Service conditions vary from bank to bank.
6. The financial inclusion exercise launched by GOI in 2014 is achieved mainly through Banking correspondents, whose number is swelling from 7,30,000 in 2020 to 18,44,000 in 2023.
7. What we have observed in a recent exercise of series of strikes in a Bank in Western Part of the Country, the negotiating unions were compelled to accept the stand of the Bank i.e. the Govt. of India’s direction not to recruit sub-ordinate staff.
8. Recruitment and Outsourcingare the oft-repeated twin issues raised in the nine Constituents’ meeting along with wage revision for more than one decade. Unless all the constituents are totally involved like the farmers’ struggle for a long drawn process with a sole agenda,(in the background of 8773 clerical recruitment announcement by State Bank of India)the efforts are notexpected to bear the fruits.
Please await for our next communication.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES/AFFILIATED UNITS
WORKFORCE IN KARNATAKA BANK DEFERS THE FLASH STRIKE.
FLASH STRIKE ON 13TH NOVEMBER 2023 WILL BE OBSERVED AS MOURNING DAY BY ALL
Officers in the banking industry are now-a-days is confronted with a new crisis of compliance of the set of regulations stipulated by the various authorities from time to time. This current crisis is experienced right from the Branches to Head office of the Banks. The role controller of the banking system in this new crisis is more focussed and also demanding with timelines to adhere to without any deviations. At the branch level, young and directly recruited officers have taken extreme step of ending their life, due to work pressure coupled with the behavioural pattern of the controllers within the respective banks. The Global bank is experiencing this type of new crisis. A female officer of the e-syndicate bank ended her life in the Branch in the State of Kerala and Government of Kerala had interfered to go into the cause of the suicide of the female officer of the Bank. All the Operating unions in that Bank were advised to appear before the committee constituted by the State Government.
2. This present trend had also been inflicted the top most echelons of the member of the top management team in Karnataka Bank a couple of days back. Our affiliate decided to observe strike on 13th November 2023 along with total workforce in the Bank. From our organisation, we have sent the letter to MD &CEO of the bank on 10th Nov,2023. As a result of the same, there were couple of rounds discussion held in the evening of 11th Nov,2023 and to-day also. As the culmination of the mutual discussions, which shall continue on 15th Nov, 2023, with MD&CEO of the Karnataka Bank, 13th Nov, 2023 will be observed by the Bank as Mourning Day instead of Flash Strike by all, as shared by our affiliate.
3. AIBOA, stands with the family of late Shri. K.A. Vadhiraj, General Manger and Chief Compliance Officer of Karnataka Bank, who took extreme step on 10.11.2023 due to pressure of work.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.
TEXT OF OUR LETTER NO.IBA:BKS:144:2023 DATED 10.11.2023 SENT TO THE MD & CEO OF KARNATAKA BANK LTD. BY E MAIL
LATE SHRI.K.A. VADHIRAJ G.M AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER.
LOSS OF A HUMAN JEWEL IN YOUR TOP MANAGEMENT TEAM.
We are shell shocked to hear the shocking information of budding executive of your management team Late Shri. K.A. Vadhiraj, General Manager and Chief compliance officer resorting to an extreme step of ending his life due to extra-ordinary work pressure and probably due to external pressures pertaining to compliance assignments demanded from various authorities from time to time.
2. Late Mr. K.A. Vadhiraj, joined the august Institution at a young and youthful age, on compassionate grounds, as his father was also an employee of this great Institution. Due to his sheer hard work and clean conduct and pleasant behavior rose to the level of one of members of the top management team. It is aired that the present lack of people connect policy pursued coupled with new experiment of transformation exercises attempted has led to this tragic moment of the bank, when the Institution is celebrating its Centenary year.
3. While our organization shares the grief with the family, equally urges the urgent necessity of revisiting the Bank’s new policy approach, which has disconnected the people at desk as well as at all levesl resulting to distance themselves from the thought process.
4. The entire workforce is under deep shock and as a solidarity action shall embark upon certain organizational actions, including direct action, for which the management is solely responsible.
5. Please acknowledge receipt.
28th October 2023.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS
ENDOWMENT FUND TO CONDUCT
COM.P.K. MENON MEMORIAL LECTURE.
In pursuance of the decision arrived at the first Central Committee Meeting held at Mumbai on 13thand 14th September 2023, to conduct a memorial lecture on the birthday of the Founder General Secretary of our organization late Com. P.K. Menon in co- ordination with the Department of Economics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, an amount of Rs 5,00,000 [Rs.Five lakhs] was considered for payment. The CC approved the same.Prelude to this, on July 2,2023 the undersigned along with Com. V. Ramabhadran DGS AIBOA and Com. G.S. Oberoi Chairman AIBOA (HSC) had a preliminary round of discussions with the University Authorities.
2. It was nice synchronization that on the birthday of late Com. R.J.S. (26th October) the meeting was held at the University hosted by Prof. Ashok Chauhan, Chairperson, Department of Economics Kurukshetra University. The place itself is historically relevant and the birthplace of one of the revered discourse“ Bhagavad Gita”. The meeting was Chaired by the Shri. Sanjeev Sharma Registrar KUK and participated by Prof. Shuchismita, Dean, Student Welfare, Prof. Sanjeev Bansal, Prof. Dara Singh, Dr. Hemlata Sharma, Dr. Archana Choudhary, Dr. Kiran Lamba, Dr. Priya Sharma, Dr. Nidhi Bagaria, Dr.Isha Garg and Dr.Manoj Kumar from Economic Department KUK.
3. Our team consisting of Com.G.S. Oberoi, Chairman, Com. Praveen Goel, General Secretary AIBOA(Haryana State Committee) Secretary, AIBOA, Com. Charanjeev Joshi, General Secretary AIBOA(Punjab State Committee) Dy.Gen.Secretary, AIBOA and the undersigned participated in the meeting. After a formal introduction and welcome address by Prof Ashok Chavan, who inaugurated the delegates’ Session of 8th National Conferenceof AIBOA, Prof Sanjeev SharmaRegistrar, KUKappreciated the decision of our organisation for holding the Memorial lecture on the birth day -26th JUNE- of Com. P.K. Menon every yearand further advised to explore the possibilities of apportioning a portion of the interest to be given as Scholarship to a Student. On behalf of AIBOA, the undersigned presented the role of our organization in extending the help to deserving people in the society and towards the targeted aim, the endowment is created to perpetuate the memory of the late Com. P.K. Menon.
4. Our team presented the demand draft of Rs 5 Lacs to the University Authorities and the brief function was concluded. AIBOA(HSC) has been entrusted with the responsibility of co-ordinating with the University Authorities in conducting the Annual Lecture.
ALL GLORY TO LATE COM P.K. MENON
FOR HIS DEDICATED LIFE TO UPBRING THE BANK WORKERS
FROM 1985 TILL HIS LAST BREADTH.
18th September 2023.
TO ALL STATE COMMITTEES/ AFFILIATED UNITS:
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST CENTRAL COMMITTEE
MEETING HELD AT MUMBAI.
14th&15th September 2023.
In terms of the notice dated 1st September 2023, the first Central Committee meeting was held at Privilege Inn, Malad-Link Road, Malad, Mumbai under the joint presidium of Com. Alok Khare, Chairman and Com. Anil Kumar Vice-Chairman of our Organization.
2. Com. Devdas Menon, General Secretary, AIBOA - Maharashtra State Committee and DGS AIBOA welcomed all the members of the Central Committee and shared his concern and appealed to them to bear with the shortcomings, if any, in the arrangements. He requested the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to commence the session by lighting of the lamp coupled with paying floral tributes to the founding fathers of our movement. All other participants also paid floral tributes to the departed leaders, who had sacrificed their life to give light to the banking fraternity.
3. IN MEMORIUM: The house observed two minutes silence in the memory following leaders.
a.) Sri. Surya Narayan Patro, former Speaker of the Odissa Assembly, (b) ISRO scientist Ms. N. Valarmathi, Voice behind Chandrayan 3 landing. (c) Indian Poet Jayant Mahapatra (d) Com. Sarojini Balanandan, Senior Leader of women’s movement in Kerala, (e) Com. Gaddar Aka Vithal Rao, popular folk singer, Telengana (f) Sri.Sampath Prakash, Veteran TU leader, g) Ms. Vani Jayaram, famous play back singer, (h) Sri. Madan Das Devi, RSS ideologue, (I) Com.S.D. Dhopeshswarkar former President of AIBEA (j) Com.R.C.Bansal, veteran leader of MPBOA, Com. K.Bhaskaran, former vice President of AIBOA and Chairman IBOF. (l) Com. T.V. Radhakrishanan former Assistant Secretary AIBOA (j) Com. S.D. Ponkshe, former President BOMOA and others who had lost their lives due to natural calamities.
4. LEAVE OF ABSENCE GRANTED: 1. Com. A.N.Suresh President 2. Dr.Kumar Arvind 3. Com.Guriminder Oberoi, Vice-Presidents, 4. Com.K.Raghava, 5. Com.A.V. Vithal Koteswara Rao, 6. K.V.V.S.N. Murali, Secretaries AIBOA.
CC MEMBERS AND OTHERS:
1. Com. N.K. Sharma, 2. Com. R.K. Mahendru, 3. Com. Rakesh Saxena, 4. Com. Suraj Kumar Patro, 5.Com. Shaliendra Rajpal, 6. Com. Peeyoush Payal, 7. Com. K. Sreenivasa Rao 8.Com. Pawan Kumar Abrol and 9.Com.M.S.Jaishankar.
The above members of the central committee were absent due to health and family reasons of self and dependents. The CC granted the leave of absence.
5. REPORTING OF THE DEVELOPMENTS AFTER 8TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD AT CHANDIGARH:
The General Secretary in his brief presentation covered the developments viz: Strike Call in Jan 2023 to realise the demands of 5 days week, Up-dation of Pension, commencement of current wage negotiations and resolution of the pending residual issues. Two rounds of discussions were held with IBA, one in Jan 2023 and another in the month of Feb, 2023. IBA came out with two circulars, one on revision of rate of reimbursement of expenses in transporting the personal effects and another one on clarifications on Stagnation increments.
In this context, CC members were advised to present their viewpoints so as to enable us to take further course of actions. Accordingly, the following decisions were arrived at after hearing 34 Comrades spreading over a period of 8 and half hours.
a. a.Overwhelmingly, it was expressed by the members that AIBOA should get back to the negotiating table with IBA at the earliest possible time.
b. b. Legal proceedings against the four representatives should be expedited including contempt proceedings by AIBOA.
c. c.As IBA is maintaining an un-reasonable approach in the matter of according representative character to the newly elected body in the six sittings, appropriate action should be initiated including legal intervention.
d. d.The door should be kept open for further dialogue with four representatives to envelope them as a part of the team.
e. e.On external intervention by some individuals, appropriate steps should also be undertaken by AIBOA to halt the hate campaign let loose against the present team of office bearers.
To take forward the meeting of mind exercise, a team consisting of Com. V. Ramabhadran, Com. Praveen Goel, Com. A.V. Vithal Koteswara Rao, Com.I.Haranath, Com.Rajesh Tiwari, Com.S.K.S.Sengar and Com. B.B. Phawa was formed.
6. STATUS REPORT ON THE DECISIONS TAKEN IN THE OFFICE BEARERS MEETING HELD AT MAMALLA PURAM ON 10th and 11th June 2023:
· AIBOA – BIHAR STATE COMMITTEE ELECTION: Com. V. Ramabhadran, DGS and Com. Ghanshyam Srivastava General Secretary of AIBOA Jharkhand State Committee will undertake the exercise at the earliest possible time.
· CONDUCTING OVERDUE STATE COMMITTEE CONFERENCES. : The General Secretaries of Maharashtra and Gujarat have been advised to conduct and complete the conferences at the earliest possible time. Com. N.K. Sharma, General Secretary AIBOA Rajasthan, will also be advised to undertake the organizational task and complete the same.
· FORMATION OF WOMEN CELL: The CC decided to entrust the task of holding the Women Convention to AIBOA – U P State Committee. We have advised Com. S.K.S. Sengar to provide the plan to Central Office to enable us to release the circular well in advance and the establishment of the women cell can be completed.
· MERGER OF UNIONS. As far as the merger of IBOF and AIABOF, expeditious steps should be undertaken by IBOF leadership and implementation of the understandings already arrived at on 19th December 2021at Delhi.
The merger of AIPNBOF, AIOBOA and UBIOEA should also be concluded immediately in terms of the understandings arrived at Panipet on 13.06.2020 and on 2.09.2022 at New Delhi.
· COURT CASE AT DINDOSHI GOREGAON: The court case of Dwarka got dismissed on 11.07.2023. The other court case pending at Dindoshi Goregaon Mumbai came up for hearing on 11.09.2023 and the judge did not attend the court on the said date and hence adjourned to 11.10.2023.
· CONDUCTING DEFENCE CLASS: It has been decided to conduct the defence class for our members with a maximum strength of 40 participants, drawn from all state committees at our RJS Bhavan for two and half days duration.
· Subscriptions to House Magazine TWO ROSES: The General secretaries of the State committees are to undertake this special task to enroll the members for our house magazine on urgent basis and achieve the overall target of 10000 copies per month.
· SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM; The CC decided to form the Social media team to percolate the information to members through this medium; The team members are :
1. Com.D.S.Ganesan. 2.Com.V.Ramabhadran, 3. Com.Gurmeet Singh 4.Com.Krishna Baroorkar and 5. Com.I. Haranath.
· Resolution of the dispute in BOBOU: As advised by Com. Anil Kumar, the minutes drawn by us on 01.08.2021, made available to CC members for their information.
· ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICE BEARERS OF AIBOA: The sharing of responsibility amongst office bearers shall be shortly completed and it will be made available to all.
· EXTENDING SUPPORT TO AIUTIOA: While the CC had the benefit of the efforts initiated by Com. Vishwas Utagi, Hon. Chairman of the UTI Association, it was decided to extend the support to the affiliate in realizing the demands including removal of anomaly in Pension.
7. Any other matters with the permission of the chair: The CC members have expressed the following for taking up on urgent basis.
· Statement of Accounts for the period ending 31.12.2022 was presented by Com.R.Jawaher, Treasurer which was adopted unanimously.
Implementation of clause 31 of Bye laws of the Organisation:
The reply submitted by one of the bank-wise representative for the show cause served on him for his anti-AIBOA activities was presented to the house. The house after a serious discussion came to unanimous decision to authorise the General Secretary to take appropriate action to enable the affiliates and its members to adhere to organisational discipline without exception.
Introduction of new CC members: Due to paucity of time, the self- introduction of newly inducted CC members could not be completed.
ALL GLORY TO AIBOA – MAHARASHTRA STATE COMMITTEE:
With minimum man-power, hosting a CC meeting consisting of 50 members drawn from Sixteen State committees, in the Financial capital was indeed a tough task, as a concluding remark in the thanks giving address by D.S. Ganesan, DGS, AIBOA.
AIBOA MAHARASHTRA STATE COMITTEE
HAS DONE IT AGAIN.
RED SALUTES TO THE TEAM
ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS
LIC vs BANK.
SHOULD WE TO BE
A SILENT SPECTATOR.?
We have communicated the glaring discrimination in the matter of D.A. neutralization for the workforce in our Industry vis-à-vis LIC. There were certain observations about our communication by some individuals, ignorant of the evolution of D.A. neutralization in our Industry. This circular is attempting to clarify our position.
2. The Pillai Committee recommendations (PCR) was implemented in the Public Sector Banks from 1.07.1979 and In State Bank of India w.e.f.1.10.1979. The recommendations in the matter of D.A. were based on rise or fall of 8points/16points/24 points cycle. The concept accepted was the higher the Basic the lower the D.A.compensation. In the year 1985 an improvement was made to shrink the concept to 8 and 16 points cycle. In 1992, further it was reduced to 8 points cycle.
3. In 2005 joint note the D.A. was paid from 1.11.2002 to31.01.2005 as under:
0.18% of the Pay up-to Rs 9,650.00.+
0.15% of the Pay above Rs 9650 and Up-to Rs 15350.00 +
0.09 % of the Pay above Rs 15350 and up-to Rs 16,350 +
0.04% of the Pay above RS 16,350.00.
For the period from 1.02.2005, that 100% D.A. neutralization was achieved through out the scale.
4. While the % for every four points rise the 100%D.A was common between Banks and LIC in 2007,2012 wage revisions, LIC workforce got 0.08% for every four points rise meaning thereby that LIC workforce is compensated @108.10%. instead of 100% D.A.neutralisation.
L.I.C workforce merged in the previous wage revision 4708 points and the D.A. payable per four points rise was 0.010%. Last wage revision, they too merged 6352 points and D.A. payable for 4 points rise 4708*0.10%/6352 = 0.074%.If 0.074% represent 100% neutralization then 0.08% represents 108.18%
5. We have annexed the chart to show the difference in % D.A. paid for the LIC and Bank employees for the period under reference.We shall pursue to the issue of differential treatment meted out to Banking workforce from 1.11,2017.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS
LIC vs BANK
WILL WE WAKE UP ?
Government of India vide its notification dated 15th April 2021 announced the revision of wages to the workforce of LIC. They got wage revision benefits, better than Banking workforce in the following areas.
2. Normally, the D.A. compensation per 4 points rise is common in the financial sector, right from 01.11.2007, as we got 100% neutralization of D.A with effect from 1.05.2005. The comparative chart is as hereunder:
3. LIC workforce has got D.A. @ 0.08% per 4 points rise whereas they should have been paid only 0.074% ie; 0.006% extra for every 4 points rise.
4. As on November-January 2022, the difference of D.A. was 4.34% excess drawn by the LIC workforce per Rs 100.00. As on today the D.A. differential is 6.32% [ie;] LIC workforce is drawing more D.A. than bank employees.
5. Our organistion’s demand is to set right the anomaly. But the affected Banking workforce is suffering in silence. Time and again, we brought it before the UFBU constituents, but none of them felt it necessary to clarify and unwilling to take steps to secure the benefits. When there was D.A. anomaly between RBI and Bank Employees in the 3rd bipartite in the year 1978 anomaly was set right by late Com. Prabhat Kar the then General Secretary of AIBEA.
6. Our organization took up the issue with DFS, Government of India in August 2021 and demanded the corrections. Subsequently also it was raised in the residual issues discussions with IBA, but no forward movement took place in this matter. The major constituents of UFBU repeatedly felt that LIC has got huge profits and no seriousness was shown in settling this serous anomaly. Not correcting it at least in this current wage revision exercise, not only existing workforce would suffer lifelong but also the retirees.
7. Will the workforce rise to occasion to demand justice from the negotiating unions who are engaged in the second round of negotiations with the Bankers before it is too late?
ARISE, AWAKE AND
STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED
= Swami Vivekananda=
We shall keep you posted with the developments in due course.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS
Meeting at Mumbai on 30th August 2023
The constituents of UFBU met at Mumbai on 30th August 2023. AIBOA was represented by Com.V.Viswanathan, President, AIBOA -Maharashtra State Committee in the meeting as the principal office bearers were held up.
2. On behalf of our organisation Com.V.Viswanathan raised the issue of D.A. payable to LIC compared to Bank employees. As on date, the LIC workforce is drawing nearly 6% more. This is going to have cascading effect in our current wage revision as well as going to be permanent gap in our retiral components too, in the long run.
3. Updation of Pension: In the absence of the confirmation of the pension provision in the individual Banks as at the close of 31.03.2022 [ by obtaining actuarial certificate] the issue of updation remains a non starter.
4. Current wage revision: Our representative made it amply clear that the exercise attempted to arrive at a consensus pertaining to the wage revision in the meeting, should have been carried out on 06.08.2023 prior to the first round initiated by IBA.
5. Participation in the IBA Discussion: The cause of action arose, as the four individuals, conducted the meeting in their personal capacity on 27.08.2023 at Delhi. Besides this action, they had represented to UFBU Convenor to allow them to participate in the meeting held at Mumbai on 30.08.2023. It was decided by the UFBU constituents on 30.08.2023 that there "exists a" legal dispute, no one will be allowed to participate in the discussion with IBA.
We shall keep the developments informed from time to time.
TO ALL STATE COMMITTEES/AFFILIATED UNITS :
MEETING HELD ON 27TH AUGUST 2023 ON PERSONAL CAPACITY AT NEW DELHI.
Our attention has been drawn to an information circulating in Social Media claiming to represent our Organisation, which need not be given cognisance at all. The author of the message was a delegate, who represented Delhi State Committee, participated in the preliminary discussions with other office bearers of AIBOA with a service provider on 17.02.2023 and also signed the minutes of the meeting for conducting through E-Voting process. Not only he was party to the decisions collectively arrived at the meetings held after the 8th National Conference held at Chandigarh in Nov 2022, but also filed the nomination for the post of General Secretary in the E-voting processand secured only 31 votes out of the 441 votes polled. In addition to this, troubles brewed at the Conference venue in third day, as he collected the delegate cards and distributed to the delegates not belonging to Delhi State.
The four representatives had indulged in an anti-organisational
activities with a sole motive to deny the officers of their
rightful expectations from the organisation. In spite of our
sincere counselling not to indulge in anti -organisational
activities, they did breach our advices in a blatant manner. The
organisational discipline and decorum were breached at the
conference venue, which the delegates had witnessed/experienced.
3. In view of the above, State committees and affiliated units are to percolate this message in clear and louder tone not to be carried away by the information circulated as the decision of the meeting, as the same is convened in their personal capacity.
Circular No. 28/VIII/2023
TO ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS:
OUR COURT CASE CS/SCJ 1064/23- BEFORE DISTRICT COURT PATIALA HOUSE DELHI.
We have already informed the State committees and affiliated units about the legal intervention sought by the Central Office of our organization to restraint the four bank-wise federations in conducting the meeting tomorrow at Constitution Club, New Delhi, under the banner of All India Bank officers Association. The case was first heard on 24th August 2023 and adjourned for hearing today at 10.00 A.M. On behalf of our Organisation, Com. Sanjay Handa, Secretary filed the petition on behalf of AIBOA
2. The case came up for hearing to-day. On our request, Com. Praveen Kumar Goel, Secretary, AIBOA was too present and participated with our learned counsels. The defendants Com. Krishnakumar and Com. Sanjay Khan were present in the court hearing. The adjourned hearing commenced at 11.30 A.M.
3. On completion of the arguments of the case, the Hon’ble Ld. Civil Judge Amardeep Kaur, District Court, Patiala House passed orders. The relevant paragraphs are reproduced hereunder:
…. Now since defendants have themselves admitted that they are organising the event in their personal capacity and not on behalf of the plaintiff Association, a prime facie case and the balance of convenience is made out in favour of plaintiff. Further if the defendants are allowed to proceed with the event under or using the name of Plaintiff Association, it would make the participants to believe that the event is being conducted by the plaintiff association or its managing committee or with approval thereof. It would thus lead the participants to believe that the discussions being made in the event are being endorsed by the plaintiff Association, which may lead to some irreparable injury to the plaintiff association.”
Defendants no 1 to 4 are directed to amend all signages including banners/backdrop/pamphlets/poster to be placed on the site of the event and describe the event as
“Special delegates session 27.08.2023 called by delegates under 19 of the bye laws of All India Bank Officers’ Association in
equal font size”
4. The case has been posted for further hearing on 29th November 2023. In the event of any deviation made by the defendants the same will be considered as contempt of the court.
5. The proposed meeting is convened by them is in their personal capacity and not on behalf of AIBOA. We appeal to all delegates not to be swayed away by the social media messages let loose by one of defendants and restrain from participating in the gathering.
6. We shall keep you informed about the future developments in this regard
ALL STATE COMMITTEES/AFFILIATED UNITS
DO NOT BE CARRIED AWAY BY SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
ABOUT THE MEETING ON
27th AUGUST 2023 AT DELHI
In our 8th National conference held at Chandigarh on 25th-27th Nov,2022, there was a demand in writing that the election of new team of office bearers should be held through Secret Ballot. Due to paucity of time and the disruptions occurred on the second and third day of the proceedings of the conference, the elections was postponed for conducting the elections through secret ballot.
2. Taking into consideration of the financial burden of the individual units as well as travel time by all 630 delegates to converge in one place to complete the standalone agenda of election of office bearers for the ensuing term, with due consultations with outgoing office bearers, the e-voting process was carried out by the Election officer, who is time tested comrade of our movement. He had sent 8 advisories to all 630 delegates individually along with the list of delegates drawn based on the list submitted by the General Secretaries of the State Committees. Against the announcement of e-voting process, two of the signatories of the current circular had gone to the court at Delhi and the prayer made by them was not considered by the learned judge.
3. There were requests made by delegates through emails(emanated mostly from one email address) for conducting a special session for election of office bearers through physical voting, brushing aside the occurrence of the manhandling of the General Secretary of the affiliated unit on the second day of the conference at Chandigarh. There were representations from the delegates who had filed the nominations for participating in the e-voting process and in addition to the above, representations were also repeated i.e.one delegate submitting more than one requisition. At the end, it was falling short of the required number for calling for a special session, as prescribed in the bye laws of our organization.
4. On completion of the e-voting exercise conducted by a Government Authorized Company having HQs at Mumbai for 48 hours ie 8.00 AM of 20.05.2023 to 8.00AM of 22nd May 2023, the elected list of 35 office bearers was released by the election officer. Out of 35 office bearers, one office beareropted out due to the best reasons known to him only.
5. Having felt that they have been humbled down by the 441 delegates i.e70% of electorates, they have resorted to new diversionary tactics of circulating the blank notice for requisitioning a meeting.
6. Our appeal to all delegates, who had experienced the shifting stand of some of the signatories in their conduct, should not fall prey to their malicious propaganda of the current one.
7. The office bearers who have been elected through the e-voting process, shall strive to preserve identity of the organisation with all sincerity and seriousness to secure the demands of the rank and file, as we did it in the past.
HENCE, donot fall prey to the malicious campaign by couple of representatives for a meeting on 27th August 2023 at New Delhi.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES/AFFILIATED UNITS
19th July 2023 – 55th BANK NATIONALISATION DAY.
19th July is always to be remembered by the bankmen of the past and present, as on this day in the year1969 decisions were arrived at to nationlise 14 private sector banks first and subsequently another six banks in April 1980. The sole motive was to make the banking services available to the rural masses who were in the grip of deep financial crisis.
2. The benefits accrued to the society and growth in the economic activities are multifold. Our Banking system stood the test of times. When sub prime crisis of 2008 pulled down the banks in the West, Public Sector Banks of our country stood as the role model for the entire world. Dr. Y.V. Reddy, former Governor of RBI delivered a lecture in foreign country, for the benefit of the Bankers, about the role played by the Public Sector Banks in protecting the interest of the savers.
3. It was highlighted in our 7th National Conference held at Hyderabad in December 2016 that the Banking Industry has to be saved as the burgeoning of the bad loans would completely wipe out the Banking System in our country and recovering the bad loans was projected as the main tool to revive and retain the Banks in the Public Sector.
4. The multiple attacks unleashed by the Government at the Centre right from the introduction of New Economic Policy from 1993, are listed out for the benefit of the workforce
5. The current trend of rating the Public Sector Banks is based on the Scorecard prepared containing % digital target achievement and % merchant acquisition. Based on this exercise, the following banks are classified Good performers viz. Canara, UCO, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Punjab and Sind Bank, SBI, Indian Bank, IOB and PNB. The average performers are Bank Of Maharashtra, IDBI, Central Bank of India and Union Bank of India.
6. The top banks by NPA Write offs are;
The amount written off by Public and Private Sector Banks for the year ended 31.3.2022 was Rs 174,968 crores
7. Digitalised Banking Units have come into stay from last year thereby the lending to a customer is based on the Aadhar card and customer too feel comfortable with the present arrangements, leading to defeat of physical interface between the customer and banker.
8. One of the leading banks, has recently established the Banking activities through Virtual mode. It is nothing but man-less banking. The slogan of eighth National Conference recently held at Chandigarh in Nov 2022 was Save Gen Next from Job Losses and Secure Job Security.
9. The task before the workforce is to protect,preserve and promote Public Sector Banking for the betterment of the common people of this Nation. There are serious attempts to dilute the capital of three leading banks and also to privatize three banks, the names are seriously making rounds in the social media etc
10. While, we remember the sacrifices made by the founding fathers of the movement and hail the Nationalisation of Banks, we call upon the entire workforce to be in readiness to launch a sustained program against ill-advised moves of the Government as well as Controller of Banking System. Our future struggles shall be akin to the struggles of the farmers, if we really serious to halt the approach of the Government.
ALL STATE COMMITTEES/ AFFILIATED UNITS
TRUTH AND JUSTICE GO HAND IN HAND –
DWARAKA COURT JUDGEMENT
You are aware that a civil case was filed against AIBOA in the Dwarka Court, New Delhi seeking the legal intervention to restrain us from conducting the election of Office Bearers through e-voting process. The case was listed on 18th May 2023 and posted for hearing on 19th May 2023. Upon hearing the advocates of the Plaintiffs, the court was not inclined to grant the stay. The case was posted for hearing on 11.07.2023.
2. The process of election was conducted for 48 hours from 8.00AM of 20.05.2023 to 8.00AM of 22.05.2023. The new team of office bearers was declared elected by the Election Officer on 22nd May 2023.
3. Yesterday, the case came up for hearing and the following judgement pronounced which is as under:
“The present suit has become infructuous by disappearance of the cause of action and pursuing with the present case would amount to abuse of process. Accordingly, the present suit/plaint filed by the plaintiffs is thus not maintainable, same is rejected".
File be consigned to Record Room after compliance with due formalities.”
Now that the legal recourse is also over, all our affiliates are advised to concentrate on strengthening the organization in every manner.
02.07.2023 Camp: PATIALA
ALL STATE COMMITTEES / AFFILIATED UNITS:
THANKS GIVING FUNCTION TO WELL WISHERS AND VOLUNTEERS OF 8TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD AT CHANDIGARH.
Prabhat – Parvana Trade Union Centre, Patiala, owned by All India State Bank of India Employees’ Federation was the place where the thanks giving function to well - wishers and the volunteers who had contributed for the conduct of three days eighth national conference of our organization held at Chandigarh in Nov 022 was held today.
2. The program commenced with the offering of flowers to the statue of Com N K Gaur, former Secretary of AIBEA by the participants.
3. Com Charanjeev Joshi, General Secretary of AIBOA – Punjab State Committee compared the felicitation program. The function was jointly presided over by Com Ashwani Pradhan and Com Ashwini Saini, Vice Presidents of our organization. Com Gurmeet Singh, President AIBOA – Punjab State Committee, Com Parveen Goel, General Secretary, AIBOA – Haryana State Committee, Com Vinod Sharma, Secretary reception committee, Com G S Oberoi, Chairman, AIBOA – Haryana State Committee, Com V Ramabhadran, DGS, AIBOA – Central Office and Com Sanjeev Bhalla, Chairman, AIBOA – Punjab State Committee were invited to the dais.
4. Com Joshi presented the developments in a nut shell and the election of Office Bearers through the e-voting process was reported. The dignitaries viz., joint presidium followed by other Office Bearers complemented the volunteers numbering 55 for their untired and selfless service during the preparation and upto the conclusion of the conference.
Com S Nagarajan, General Secretary, reported about the developments
concerning privatization of public sector banks, five days week, up-dation
pension, pressure on
Officers on sale of insurance at the branch level, NPS to
parity of wages and service conditions with SBI Officers. In the matter
of up-dation of pension for SBI retirees, Govt of India has
constituted a committeewith a direction to complete the process by 21
Further Govt of India issued the instruction to RBI to revise the
pension with effect from 01.11.2017 for their retirees (i.e.,
merger if DA up-to 6352 points).
6. Subsequently, the volunteers and the well-wishers were honoured with a memento along with a towel by the dignitaries present on the occasion. The details of social identification programs undertaken by JANHATI SAMITHI by its secretary Com Vinod Sharma, who was the Secretary of the reception committee was made known to the participants. The participants were overwhelmed with the gesture demonstrated by the Central Office of our organization. The program concluded with lunch to all.
/(S NAGARAJAN) /
ALL STATE COMMITTEES/ UNITS
The thirty four office bearers, duly elected through the democratic process, met at RJS Bhavan, Mahabalipuram on 10th and 11th June 2023 to take organisational decisions inthe background of changes in different dimensions from different environments.
1. FLAG HOISTING AND PAYING RESPECTS TO THE LEADERS OF THE MOVEMENT : Com. AlokKhare , Com. Anil Kumar and Com. A.N. Suresh Chairman, Vice-Chairman and President respectively jointly hoisted our flag followed by the floral tributes to the statues of Com.Tarakeswar Chakorborti andCom.R.J.Sridharan. All office bearers too paid tributes to the leaders in succession.
2. COMMENCEMENT OF THE SESSION: The office bearers’ meeting commenced at 10.50 AM, chaired by Chairman, Vice Chairman and President. The Joint Presidium directed the house to observe two minutes silence in the memory of the departed personalities and people in general and to the following leaders in particular, who became part of the history during the intervening period from Nov 2022 till 10th June 2023
Shri. Shanti Bhushan, Former Law Minister of India, 2. Mr. Jagannath Mahto, Education Minister Jharkhand, 3. Mr. Naba Kishore Das Health Minister Odissa State, 4. Shri.Sharad Yadav former Central Minister, 5. Shri. Keshari Nath Tripathi, former Governor of West Bengal and Bihar, 6. Shri. Prakash Singh Badal, former Chief Minister of Punjab, 7. Mr. Sumitra Sen, Veteran Rabindra sangeet exponent, 8. Mr. Arun Manilal Gandhi, Social and Political Activist, 9. Com. Suresh Dattaraya Dhopeshswarkar, Former President AIBEA, 10. Com. S.D. Sundararajan founder General Secretary AIBOA (Kerala State Committee) 11. Com. Bhigirath Shenoy, former joint secretary of Corporation Bank Employees Unionand 12. Passengers died in the Odisha train tragedy.
3. WELCOME ADDRESS IN CAPSULE FORM: Com. V.Ramabhadran, General Secretary AIBOA ( TNSC), while welcoming the democratically elected leaders participating in the first office bearers’ meeting, appealed to them to chalk out different path to build the organisation in the individual states as well as in the affiliates too, in the challenging times.
ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS : The house was briefed about the organisational developments that had taken place during the period from December 22 to June 8th ,2023. The collective decision of the office bearers to go for E-Voting process, interaction with the service provider by 7 representatives of the organisation, conduct of the mock drill by the service provider, and ultimately conclusion of the election through E-Voting process from 8.00 A.M of 20th May 2023 to 8,00 AM of 22nd May 2023. This exercise was carried out to comply with a request made by a unit on 27th Nov, 2022 at Chandigarh. The E-voting process was 100% secured, voting can be done from anywhere and no pressure tactics on the 630 delegates. 0ut 0f 630 delegates 441 delegates had exercised their franchise. The elected team of office bearers are drawn from 14 States. As a matter of information representatives from 10 public Sector Banks, 4 privatebanks and 2 from RRBs are in the team of office bearers. The house was briefed about the court case filed in Delhi as well as Mumbai and status of the same was also shared. The recent development taken place in Bank of India in winningthe work life balance and also against the pressures exerted on officers for third party sale was also informed.
Then, the joint Presidium advised the office bearers, to have self-introduction and subsequently directed to offer their views so as to enable us to take collective decisions. On the first day, the agenda on Organisation was kept open for further discussions.
In all, 25 office bearers participated and offered their view points on men and matters in a free and frank manner. On conclusion of the presentation of views, the required clarifications on organisation, our role in the discussions held on 31.01.2023 and 28. 02.2023 with IBA, the inept handling of the issues of importance of serving and superannuated workforce were presented. Apart from the above, the following decisions were unanimously taken to build the organisation at Bank/State/and at All India level.
a. Formations of the Advisory Committee: Taking into consideration of the contributions made in the past in developing the Organisation in various States, it was decided to have the following comrades in the Advisory
Committee who will be attending our CC meetings.
1. Com.Vinod Sharma,(Punjab), 2.Com. S.K. Sengar (U.P), 3.Com. G.S. Oberoi( Harayana) 4. Com. I.Haranath (A.P and TS)5. Com. N.K.Sharma (Rajasthan) 6.Com. V.P. Ponkshe (Maharastra) and 7. Com.M.S.Jaishankar( M.P)
It has been decided to write to the General Secretary AIBOA (Assam State Committee) with an advice to provide the name of the comrade to be partof the advisory committee.
Further, the travelling expenses will be reimbursed to the members of the advisory committee to the extent of two a/c train fare and expensespertaining to the staying at the place of CC meetings will be borne by the Central office.
b. Organisational Leave to Office Bearers: The list of office- bearers eligible to get 21 days was decided and the rest of the office bearers will be covered under the CC members 17 days per year.
c. Concluding Elections of AIBOA (Bihar State Committee): Com. V. Ramabhadran DGS and Com. Deep Prakash Rawat Secretary AIBOA have been entrusted with the Organisational assignment in concluding the election agenda of the Bihar State committee.
d. Conducting the overdue State Conferences: The State Conferences of Maharastra, Gujarat and Rajasthan should be completed within 90 days ie on or before 31.08.2023.
e. Formation of Women Cell: In order to give due representation to women in our organisational activities, it was decided to conduct a women convention at a convenient place within a shortest period of time. Thewomen’s council will have a Convenor and 6 members with pan India representation.
f. Merger of unions: Efforts will be made to facilitate the process of merger of IBOF and AIABOF as per their MOU dated 19th December 2020 at New Delhi.The understandings reached between representatives of AIOBOA and AIPNBOF at Panipet on 13.06.2020 and the subsequent discussions held on 02.09.2022 at Dwarka on implementation of the decisions on organisational and financial matters will be given a final shape.
g. Handling of the Court Cases at Dwarka New Delhi and GoregaonMumbai: The meeting decided to entrust the assignment of handling the Court Case at Dwarka, New Delhi to Com. Praveen Kumar Goel Secretary AIBOA and at Goregaon Mumbai to Com.Devdas Menon, DGS AIBOA. An amount of Rs 21000/ was sanctioned for the consultation Charges to M/S Bedi Associates and Rs 11000/ to Shri.Sharma, Advocate, who will be participating in the regular hearing at Dwarka Court.
h. Conducting Defence Class: It has been decided to draw the plan to hold the defence Class at earliest possible time.
i. Subscriptions to our House Magazine Two Roses: The Life subscriptions to our house magazine should be collected from our members across country, as one of the organisational tasks. All office bearers should become the Life member for Two roses immediately.
j. Financial Help to AIBOA( J&K, Ladakh Committee): Based on the request made, the meeting decided to consider the requirement of funds ofRs 3,00,000.00 as loan to the unit to redevelop the organisation.
k. Social Media Policy :All State committees are to address the communications to the General Secretary and need not mark the copy to other office bearers. The Central office will totally handle the Social Media exclusively. The details will be provided to the office bearers, State Committees and affiliated units, shortly.
l. Resolution of the dispute affiliated unit –BOBOU : The meeting decided to entrust the task of resolving the organisational issue of BOBOU to a committee consisting of Com. Anil Kumar Vice Chairman, Com.A.N.Suresh President and Com.V.Ramabhadran DGS AIBOA.
m. Roles and Responsibilities of Office bearers of AIBOA :In order to involve the entire team of office bearers in building the organisation across the country, a detailed exercise will be carried out shortly by Central Office of AIBOA.
n. Extending support to AIUTIOA : The meeting took note of developments in our affiliate and decided to extend support to their demand of realizing one more option for PENSION in UTI
The recent developments in the Apex level organisations of AIBOA and AIBEA came up for a discussion specifically in the matter of conducting the elections and also on subsequent developments. The meeting unanimously arrived at the decision and adopted a resolution in this regard, which is appended. In addition to the above, the issues viz; Privatisation of Banks, (IDBI,IOB and CBI) 5 day banking, up-dation of pension, pressure on sale of 3rd Party products on officers, NPS to OPS, non-commencement of discussion onwage revision and parity of wages and service conditions with SBI officers came up for discussions in the meeting. It was decided to take up the same with all like minded officers’ organisations to realise the same at the earliest possible time.
February 12, 2023
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
TRANSFER POLICY AND PROMOTION POLICY FOR OFFICERS
PUT ON HOLD
Our affiliate All India Punjab and Sind Bank Officers' Federation is in under constant pressure due to the managements unilateral and unreasonable steps in dealing with the issues concerning officers in Punjab and Sind Bank.
2. During the period of earlier MD and CEO, the Bank introduced retrograde provisions in the promotion policy for officers, which was opposed by AIPSBOF. The management was adamant not to grant audience to the Federation Principal office bearers and also to the President, North Zone on their visit to Head office to discuss the unscientific amendment in the promotion policy. The two office bearers remained cool and calm in dealing with provocative approach of the management. Ultimately the earlier MD & CEO along with top management team had to sit across and understand the gross root realities to address the problems of the officers.
3. Once again, based on certain undesirable developments, management unilaterally brought the amendments in the transfer policy for officers, keeping aside all Government guidelines applicable to Women, Physically challenged and sport persons etc. Effort were taken to bring the difficulties on account of the amended transfer policy to the knowledge of the top management in a meeting held at North Zone. But management maintained that there is no need to engage officers' organisation in the discussion. Contrary to this stand, there is a written understandings with AIPSBOF [ majority recognised officers Federation] that the management will discuss and finalise the policy matters.
4. Inspite of reasonable and consistent approach by AIPSBOF, the management of the Bank remain adamant and stubborn in their approach. In this background, the Central Committee of AIPSBOF met on 5th February 2023 at Delhi decided to resort to the agitational path, culminating in a day's strike on 13.,03.2023. The management was intimated about the programmes of agitation.
5. Having realised the crisis situation, the management had invited the AIPSBOF representatives led by Com.Charanjeev Joshi, President and Com.Ratneshwar Chaudhary, General Secretary, AIPSBOF for a discussion on 9th February 2023. After a detailed discussion it was agreed between the both parties that Federation would submit detailed submission on transfer policy, facilitating the management to take it forward for updating the same.
The deferment of the agitation by AIPSBOF was on the assurance of the management not to go ahead till the matter is resolved. The minutes of the meeting is reproduced.
All glory to the leadership of AIPSBOF.
February 12, 2023
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
DECISIONS OF THE OFFICE BEARERS’ MEETINGS.
The 8th National Conference of our organization held at Chandigarh on 25th-27th November 2022 stood adjourned, due to a unit’s request to conduct the election of office bearers through secret ballot. The standalone issue could not be completed due to paucity of time too.
2. The office bearers’ meetings were held virtually on 29th Dec,2022, 28th Jan,2023 and on 11th Feb,2023 to draw the blue print for completing the agenda of election of office bearers. The meeting held on 29th December 2022 under the Presidentship of Com. A.N. Suresh, it was decided unanimously to adhere to the bye-laws of the organization in the matter of participation of the maximum delegates of 50 from the State Committees. The members of the credential committee stationed at Central office are already in correspondence with the State committees where the corrections are to be carried out as per the decision.
3. The meeting held on 28th Jan,2023 under the joint Presidium of Com. Alok Khare, Vice Chairman and Com. A.N. Suresh, President to decide the clearance of financial obligations by the affiliated units. It was earlier decided in the CC meeting held at Lucknow on 8th and 9thOctober 2022 and subsequently in the office bearers’ meetings that affiliated units are to clear the subscription of Rs 60/ per member per year up-to 2022. As per the bye law of our organization, non- payment of any contribution, shall disqualify the defaulting organization from voting at or participating in the meeting of AIBOA. Some of the units are yet to fulfill the financial obligations to AIBOA. On follow up with the units, two units have remitted partially and sought time to clear the same by 30.06.2023. The second meeting decided to advise the units to clear the financial obligations to AIBOA without any delay.
4. Before taking up the agenda slated for the discussion, the meeting observed one minute silence in the memory of Com. Manoranjan Bose, former Treasurer of AIBEA, who breathed his last on 9th Feb,2023 at Kolkata. The third meeting held yesterday, under the joint Presidium of Com.Alok Khare Vice Chairman and Com.A.N.Suresh President, was to transact the agenda of deciding the date for the election. Taking into account the circumstances, it was decided to grant time to clear the dues by 31.03.2023.
5. Taking into consideration the cost involved in travelling and other arrangements to be made for the delegates to participate in the election exercise, it was decided to conduct e-voting and to decide the modalities of the same, the members of the credential committee to undertake a visit,along with the Com. V. Ramabhadran, Secretary AIBOA from Central office, to finalise with the service provider at Mumbai. The Principal office bearers of AIBOA (MSC) will also engage in the proposed exercise. It was suggested to complete the same in the ensuing week itself. Subject to the completion of the assignment with the service provider, the meeting further decided to hold the election in third or fourth SUNDAY of March 2023.
6. The meeting unanimously decided to request Com. V. Ananathanarayanan a senior comrade of our movement to be the Election Officer of 8th National Conference, to complete the process of the election.
Thus, the third virtual meeting came to end with vote of thanks by the Joint Presidium.
February 3, 2023
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
UNREASONABLE STAND BY THE MANAGEMENT OF MAHABANK FORCED THE WORKFORCE
ESCALATION INEVITABLE TO MOVE ON TO TWO DAYS STRIKE
The workforce in Bank of Maharashtra unitedly taken up the issues concerning the Institution, strict adherence to the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act in the matter elected representative’s participation in the discussions with the management, ill treatment meted out to officers including executives and more importantly recruitment of Staff of all cadres to maintain the status of the No one Position amongst the Public Sector Banks in the Industry.
2. Having unleashed the attacks in various forms to strangulate the trade unions in the Bank, management further demonstrated its negative approach by forcefully evicting the union premises provided three decades back by them as part of industrial relations exercise in Lok Mangal Pune and sealing the union offices at Mumbai and Nagpur.
3. Efforts to arrive at an amicable and workable solution before the Conciliation Authorities at Mumbai on 24th Jan 2023 and subsequently too did not yield the required positive response from the management. Every action will have equal and opposite reaction. Thus, the strike on 27th Jan 2023 was forced by the management on the workforce in MAHA BANK was a total success. The report speaks for itself.
4. Unions are forced to take further steps to arrest and halt the unwarranted attacks of the management on the workforce. They have given a call once again for two days strike on 9th and 10th Feb. 2023 to realise their just and reasonable demands.
5. Our organization totally support the strike actions by the workforce in Maha Bank and direct the State Committees to extend all necessary support to them at all centers and make the two days strike in MAHA BANK a resounding success.
DISCUSSION WITH WORKMEN UNIONS:
DISCUSSIONS WITH OFFICERS ASSOCIATIONS:
Circular No. 6/VIII/2023
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
NINE CONSTITUENTS DECIDED TO OBSERVE
A meeting of the nine constituents was held at Hotel Avion, Vile Parle, Mumbai yesterday, commencing its proceedings from 11.25hrs. Our Organisation was represented by Com. Devdas Menon, Com. V. Viswanathan General Secretary and President of AIBOA(Maharashtra State Committee) respectively along with the undersigned.
2. The meeting was held in the background of the non- responsiveness of the IBA in resolving the residual issues for which the MOU were signed in December 2020 and Jan,2021. Prominent and common issues are 5days Banking, Up-dation Pension and scrapping of NPS.
Subsequent to the earlier meeting held at Chennai on 15th December 2022, our organization addressed a communication to the Convenor UFBU on reduction of Cash Hours due to increased usage ofUnified Payment Interface (UPI) and also on up-dation pension based on actuarial report for which actuary was appointed two years back by IBA.
3. After the unanimous acceptance by all constituents to observe the Strike prior to budget Session, the following issues have been listed.
5 days Banking
4. INSURANCE BACKED HOSPITALISATION SCHEME: Our organization has placed that due to very many inadequacies in the scheme and there was no discussion held on the submission made by four officers’ organizations while concluding the 8th joint note, in the current charter of demands, it was categorically made clear for rolling back to the old scheme. On Constitution of the committee for the purpose of the discussions with the service providers i.e Insurance Company, we had expressed that all constituents should be the members as in the case of PLI.
We have also informed that an account holder in banks (Indian Bank, Canara Bank, Bank of Maharashtra and Bank of India) gets a coverage by paying less premium.It was agreed that the constituents should submit the details for taking up with IBA.
5. We, advise that our State Committees should take note of the above developments with all required seriousness and prepare the workforce for the action programs without any laxity.
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
TO HALT THE MOVE OF
Industrial Development Bank of India, was established in 1964 as a Developmental Financial Institution by enactment of an Act by the Parliament to finance the projects of huge outlays and loans are to be repaid over a period of 20 to 30 years.The Institution was growing and due to the new accounting norms of income recognition brought into the banking system, the number of bad loans increased leaps and bounds over a period of time. Due to the mis-step converting the DFI to a Universal Bank, problems were further added. Not only that, a private sector Bank established in Western Maharashtra was merged with IDBI, due to certain compulsions by the owners of the financial system. The service conditions of RBI were extended to the workforce till 2005, the year in which the IDBI repeal act was enacted in the Parliament. Assurances doled out in the floor of the Parliament were thrown to winds pertaining to the ownership of the Institution. In spite of various developments taking place with the Institution, burden of Bad loans is a worrisome factor even today.
2. The performance of the IDBI in various parameters are furnished for the benefit of the workforce. In Crores
The workforce of 17430 serving in 1884 branches have contributed for the growth of the IDBI Institution. The ratio of officers:award staff is 90:10. The outsourced employees are substantial and are in the service of the bank for nearly 2 decades.
3. The Central Government, by a cabinet decision, in a press meet in the month of May 2021, announced that the Government decided to strategically disinvest 94% stake held by the Government and LIC in IDBI Ltd. Our organization, immediately wrote to the Hon’ble President of India, to halt the move of disinvestment exercise equally appealed to recover the Bad loans through fast track mode. Besides this, as the creation of the Institution was through the enactment of law in the Parliament, it should be discussed in the temple of democracy before taking further steps.
4. Government of India advised the LIC to withdraw their stake in one stroke against the terms of sanctions conveyed by IRDAI. The management control rests with LIC as at this time and they are the majority shareholder in IDBI Ltd. IDBI ltd is a Public Sector Undertaking, there are rights and privileges to benefit the workforce in many counts.
5. The Government of India, thro’ DIPAM has invited expression of Interest from the interested bidders and the extended time ended on 7th Jan 2023. During this period, the prospective bidders have sought tax concessions, liberlised shareholding, and allowing 51% investment from foreign entities etc. SEBI considered the request of the Government a couple of days back thereby the number of bidders have also increased, as per the print media report.
6. In the meanwhile as decided in the CC meeting in August 2022 held at RJS Bhavan, Mahabalipuram followed by its confirmation in the recently concluded 8th National Conference at Chandigarh our organization has sought the legal intervention and filed the case in the Hon’ble High Court Bombay. The case is expected to come up for hearing anytime in this month.
7. The leadership of our organization along with other trade union organizations is sincerely striving hard to enhance the participation of the members to the best of their abilities. AIBOA representatives participated and extended their support for the Dharna organized at Mumbai on 9th December 2022 and also at Delhi on 4th Jan 2023.
We shall keep you posted with the developments in due course.
ALL UNITS/STATE COMMITTEES
EXTENDS SUPPORT TO THE NAINITAL BANK UNITED FORUM
We are happy to inform the units that the workforce in the Nainital Bank have formed NAINITAL BANK UNITED FORUM, comprising of our affiliate Nainital Bank Officers Association, Nainital Bank Staff Association (AIBEA) and Nainital Bank Officers’ Federation (INBOC) and met the Chief General Manager ( Subsidiary) Bank of Baroda Central Office Mumbai on 28th December 2022 and submitted a memorandum to the Bank with their two demands ie; to maintain the status quo or to amalgamate/merge with the Parent Bank i.e; Bank of Baroda.
2. The total workforce, as a preparatory exercise preceding to the two days strike, conducted a meeting on 8th January 2023 (SUNDAY) at Haldwani, Hon’ble Minister for State for Tourism Shri. Ajay Bhat attended the large gathering and assured to take with the concerned authorities in Government of India. He has already addressed a communication in the last week of December 2022 to Hon’ble Finance Minster of our Country, supporting the stand taken by the workforce in the Bank.
3. Nainital Bank United Forum has already served the strike notice to the Bank as well as the labour authorities Government of India. On receipt of the notice for strike, Ministry of Labour Government of India, convened a conciliation meeting at Dehradun yesterday. The Labour authorities advised the management representatives to arrange for a meeting of Board of Directors on 17th Jan 2023 to interact with the representatives of Nainital Bank United Forum. Further he has adjourned the conciliatory talks to 18th Jan,2023. In the meanwhile, the Labour Authorities at Bareilly (UP) has fixed for conciliation on 13th Jan 2023.
4. Our Organisation has already taken up with the Controller of Banking System, that they should intervene in the matter and halt the exercise of the calling for the Expression of Interest. Further, the Committee on Petitions had observed about the take over of the Bank by the Parent Bank ie Bank Of Baroda.
5. Our State Committees in the Five States ie; Uttarakhand, UP, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan are advised to co-ordinate with the workforce of NAITIAL BANK UNITED FORUM in their organizational actions culminating in two days strike on 20th and 21st January 2023.
With organizational Greetings,
While we enter the NEW YEAR 2023, the year 2022 experienced certain key events viz: Sky high inflation, tumbling down of the equity markets world over and broken relations between the countries due to the 300 plus days of continuing war triggered by the adamant Russian invasion of Ukraine. Hosts of other happenings too made the year What it was.
2. Internationally respected personalities we lost were: longest reigning British Monarch Queen Elizabeth II died; Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe was assassinated; the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev died. Football legend Pele died at 82 recently.
3. The exit of Boris Johnson resigned as UK Prime Minister, triggering leadership battle within the Conservative Party. Liz Truss was elected the new Prime Minister of UK, who provided the leadership for the shortest period in the history of UK. Rishi Sunak, former Finance Minister in the Boris Johnson Cabinet succeeded Ms. Liz Truss.
4. After a three months agitation in Sri Lanka due to fuel shortage, spiraling economy and Gotabaya Rajapakse fleeing the country, the economy crashed, thus resulting the anti -Government protestors storm the Presidential place. Unable to handle the crisis ridden situation, Ranil Wickremesinghe assumed the head of the Government as President. A constitutional crisis hits the Imran Khan Government in Pakistan and he was ousted from the office in a no confidence motion. Shahbaz Sharif was sworn in the new Premier.
5. First time in 40 years of US economy, inflation hit a new high compelling the Federal Reserve to hike the rate of Interest. Consequently, the Wall Street faced the tremors in the stock markets. The reflections followed one by one. The European Central Bank hiked the interest rates for the first time in 11 years on inflation concerns, in turn euro dropped its value vis-à-vis US dollar, a 20 year low. Reports of insolvency of crypto exchange FTX induced volatility in markets; Bitcoin fell below $20,000.
6. The shock experienced in the Globalized World our Nation was not an exception. The war unleashed by Russia, the Sensex fell 2702 points, Nifty plummeted 815 points and rupee slumped 113 paise in the intraday trading. The controller of the Banking System has revised the rates six times from May till yesterday commencing with 40 basis points culminating 225basis points. The rupee-dollar rate had breached Rs 82.00.
7. Our Nation kickstarted the preventative exercise of vaccination program for children 15 to 18 years. The Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka ruled that wearing hijab is not part of practicing Islam. The steps initiated by educational institutions were in the right direction.
8. Respected Madam Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader was sworn in as the new President of India after the completion of his term of Shri Ramnath Govind.
9. The Government of India stalled the export of Wheat in an effort to ensure ample domestic supplies amid fears of lower procurement. 5G spectrum auction concluded in our country and telecom companies committed to pay Rs1.5.lac crores to GOI. The G20 Presidency has been given to our Country and already couple of meetings are taken forward within a month.
10. The country held the 44th Chess Olympiad at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. Our Country finished 4th position in Commonwealth Wealth Games securing 22 gold,16 silver and 23 bronze medals. The tennis star Novak Djokovic was not permitted to play the Australian Tennis due to his refusal to get vaccinated and deported from Australia. FIFA World Cup 2022 ended in Qatar and Argentina emerged the winner of FIFA Cup.
11. This year the elections in Nigeria, Thailand, Turkey, Zimbhave, Argentina, Pakistan and Bangladesh are to take place. The international community is under serious threat of Poverty and insecurity of life. The Wuhan virus originated from CHINA, is taking the severe toll and the people are leaving the country. The uncertainty looms large on health count as it is assessed that 2 million people will be the causalities.
12. 2023 is assessed as a year of recession. Inflation, Energy prices, a new web world 3.0 driven by decentralization. Trustless, permission less metaverse dominating the new work places, Space travel to Moon for three days and new hybrid model for working are few of the expected developments.
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29th November, 2022
ALL UNITS / STATE COMMITTEES
PROCEEDINGS OF THE 8TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD AT CHANDIGARH
WELLBEGUN IS HALF DONE.
In terms of the notice dated 20th October’ 2022, officer comrades drawn from all over the country have assembled at Chandigarh, the beautiful city of India to participate in the 8th National Conference of our organization from 25th to 27th November’ 2022.
2. INAUGURAL SESSION:
The inaugural session commenced with hoisting of our organizational flag jointly by Com. Alok Khare Vice Chairman and Com. A. N. Suresh, President at 4:45 PM in the presence of Com. Binoy Viswam, Hon’ble MP, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor of SKAUST University, Srinagar, Com. Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary AITUC and Com. C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA along with the participants in the premises of Panjab University, Law Auditorium Chandigarh.
3. The conference hall was named after the selfless leaders Com. S.P. Bakshi Hall and Com. T.R. Verma Manch. The dignitaries had an impressive power point presentation of welcoming the guests by the Punjab & Haryana State Committee, the emotional speech delivered by Charlie Chaplin, whom we have seen as a comedian, and the path travelled by AIBOA founded by AIBEA by compulsion of circumstances after the emergency, conclusion of the 3rd Bipartite and implementation of the Pillai Committee recommendations in public sector banks w.e.f from 01st July’ 1979.
4. Com. Charanjeev Joshi, the joint convener of the reception committee invited the dignitaries to occupy the dais. Com. S.K. Gautam, Chairman, Reception Committee, Joint Secretary, AIBEA, General Secretary, PBEF, Com. Alok Khare, Vice Chairman, AIBOA, Com. A.N. Suresh, President, AIBOA, the inaugurator of the conference Com. Binoy Viswam, Hon’ble MP, Chief Guest Dr. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor, SKAUST University, Com. Amarjeet Kaur, General Secretary, AITUC, Com. C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA and Com. S. Nagarajan, General Secretary, AIBOA.
5. The take-off of the conference was with the lighting of the lamp and paying floral tributes to the founding fathers of the AIBEA and AIBOA moment in the banking industry by the dignitaries. Com. S.K. Gautam, Chairman, Reception Committee presented a brilliant welcome address encompassing the dangers haunting the industry as well as the workforce. More specifically the thrust pertaining to the attempts to deny the status of representation to the TU’s and its elected representatives in various banks.
6. Inaugural Address:
Hon’ble MP Com. Binoy Viswam in his address ,clearly unfolded the new triangular arrangement of the new religion called viz individual greed escalated by the market forces to earn profit, more The banks are dole out lot of concessions to the defaulters through the NCLT procedure nick named by the RBI as haircuts but really it is amounting to head cuts. Today, the corporate defaulters instead of paying in full sum the money borrowed from the banks. they are attempting to negotiate with the bankers across the table. The velvet method of treatment extended to the corporate defaulters are absolutely irregular and unjust. In the present-day Government, the census data collected by NSSO are absolutely silent and the democracy is redefined. Struggle for the truth and retention of public sector banks are becoming absolutely necessary. The crop insurance claims accounted as disbursed to the agriculturist was Rs 1,26,00,000 Crores. Actually, farmers were in receipt to the tune of 83,00,000 Crores. The difference of Rs 43,00,000 Crores, where it has disappeared is really a puzzle. While he concluded his address, appreciated the presentation of the GS report along with the documents with the treasure of information backed up with the data, he was overwhelmed by the presence of participants and a feel at home in the function was expressed. Thus, the 8th conference of our organization was declared inaugurated by him
7. The Chief guest of the conference Dr. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor, in his 45 minutes speech presented the role of the agriculture university, which is headed by him covered the innovation carried out by the students and the Teachers, the role of the Government in promoting the agricultural activities through periodical interaction,and the role of the banks in providing the financial assistance, the grey sides of the economy in the current period covering the covid 19 environment were explained. His own experience gained in his foreign visit to Israel about the cultivational process, recycling of the water, which were shared for updating of the information for the benefit of the participants. He was all praise for the seed money of Rs 3,00,000.00 provided to the Institute by AIBOA on 17th June’ 2022 through AIBOA (Jammu Kashmir & Ladakh State Committee) in the memory of Com. R.J.S. The corpus as now reached in multiples, nearly more than a crore. His own experience of the TEL AVIV University where contribution were made by the Individuals led to the establishment of the University to benefit large number of students. He appealed to the participants that he is prepared to accept even Rs.1 to build his SKAUST University..
In response to his appeal, a cheque for Rs 9 Lacs was handed over to him to be utilized for another 3 years period to benefit 2 students of their tuition fee, for completion of the course in the University, by the dignitaries along with our members of the joint presidium.
8. Greeting by General Secretary, AITUC:
Com. Amarjeet Kaur in her hourlong powerful presentation narrated the plight of the marginalised section of the society and also attacks on the working people in different sectors. She reported that the pre-budget talks scheduled to take place on 28th Nov,2022 with 14 CTUS for 75 minutes preceded with Hon’ble F.M’s address. She traced the history of AITUC and its relation is intertwined with the trade unions in Banks with AIBEA and AIBOA. The demand of Nationalisation of Banks raised solely by AIBEA was specifically backed by AITUC. Her message was received with rapt attention slightly deviated due to honoring of Chief guest of the function because of his prefixed appointment with IT officials stationed at Chandigarh. The delegates and observers were mesmerized by her focused and emotional presentation.
9. Address of guest of honor:
Com. C.H. Venkatachalam, General Secretary, AIBEA, in his one of the shortest address covered the entire spectrum of the challenges that were starring at us and the need of responding to the challenges should be by coordinated approach by AIBEA and AIBOA. The Government is conscious of promoting corporate culture coupled with accumulated greed to acquire more wealth and all out attempts to weaken the democratic values of the country.
10. Conclusion of the Proceedings: DAY-1.
The inaugural session came to an end by honoring the dignitaries including Com. S.K. Gautam, Chairman, Com. Naresh Gaur, Vice Chairman, and Com. Rajesh Bansal, Vice Chairman, Reception Committee, Office bearers of AIBEA Com. J.P. Sharma, Com. K.S. Krishna, and Com. Anirudh Kumar were presented with a memorable memento depicting the picture of Martyrs of 4th May’ 1886 demanding for 8 hours work at Chicago.
11. Delegate Session (Day 2) Constitution Day:
Com. Guna Sekaran and Com. Narendra Kotiawala Manch:
Though it was decided to commence the delegate session by 9:30 am, but due to various situations, which are beyond the control of Credential Committee constituted as per the office bearers meeting decision, commenced at 10: 45 am presided over by Com. Alok Khare, Vice Chairman and Com. A.N. Suresh, President. The session was inaugurated by Dr. Ashok Chauhan, Professor and Chairperson Department of Economics, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. It was a Constitution Day and the preamble of the Constitution was read out for the benefits of the participants by the undersigned.
Dr. Ashok Chauhan, in his 75 minutes address presented treating all the delegates and observers as the student of his university enticed them with the power point presentation covering each micro economic details of the deepening crisis in our country. On conclusion of his presentation, he was requested to pay the floral tributes to the father of the Constitution along with other dignitaries. He was honored with a memento of the 8th National Conference.
12. Honoring of the past leaders:
Our organization was built by comrades who rendered selfless service during the past 41 years. The Secretariat met at July 14th at Hyderabad unanimously decided to invite them as a participants in our National Conference with a decision to recognize the services rendered by them. Implementing the decision, Com. L. Ragothama Rao (AP), Com. K. Bhaskaran (TN), Com. K. Sathianathan (Kerala), Com. A.B. Shetty, Com. R. Venkatesh Babu, Com. P.G.R Bannithiya (Karnataka), Com. M.S. Jai Shankar (MP), Com. Ram Mohan Tandon (UP) Com. Ashim Dutta and Com. S.N Dutta (WB), Com. I G Gupta (SBP) and Com. S. P. Sengar (UP) were felicitated by the office bearers of our organization.
Com. S. Murugesan, Secretary of our office, was also honoured for his service rendered to AIBOA for more than 25 years.
Com. V. Ananthanarayanan and Com. K. Parasuraman, who continued to extend for nearly more than a decade to handle men and matters at par with particular reference to Discipline and Regulations/OSR and technical support in maintaining our website were also felicitated respectively. The house, then, stood adjourned for tea break.
13. Honoring the families:
As decided by the central committee held at Lucknow on 8th and 9th October’ 2022, Our organisation presented a cheque for Rs 1 Lac to the members of the family of late Com. S.P. Bakshi, who was an undisputed leader of the AIOBEF and AIOBOA and who helped to conduct the first conference of AIBOA at Mumbai in 1986 with a contribution from the OBC units. This small gesture is nothing but responding with thanks to the noble soul for him trade union was way of life in his lifetime.
Ms. Kanchan Seth daughter of late Com. T. R. Verma, Secretary, AIBOA, who breathed his last on 10th February’ 2018 was honored on behalf of AIBOA. In response to our felicitation Ms. Kanchan Seth, appealed to the participants with the message received from her mother from USA and also to take care of the family, while doing the trade union job.
The repeated disturbances stonewalled the proceedings of the house, which was an avoidable one.
14. Presentation of the General Secretary Report / Treasurer Report:
The General Secretary, while seeking the condonation for the delay in holding the Conference submitted the report to the house on the activities in a quick succession covering the entire spectrum of activities in his 45 minutes presentation. The report was exhaustive in content, hence, shorter duration in the presentation was a preferred one.
Com. R. Jawaher, Treasurer, AIBOA presented the audited accounts of the organization for the year ended 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. One of the delegates, raised the in huge difference in the closing and opening balance of accounts of the 2020 and 2021. It was clarified that the accounts for the year 2021 were bi-fricated, one meant for Two Roses magazine and another meant for Tarak Institute at Mahabalipuram. The accounts were adopted by the house unanimously. On the GS report, three delegates spoke before the lunch break.
After resumption in the post lunch delegate session, spreading from 3:15 pm up to 6:10 pm 18 comrades expressed their views.
The house stood adjourned for de-stressing the pressure of participation.The reception committee arranged a cultural program of young artist which was totally disrupted including destroying the decoration of the dais by some of the participants, which had a cascading effects on the colossal wastage of food prepared for the benefit of participants.
15. Day 3:
The participants received the response with rapt attention leading to the unanimous adoption of the report thereby facilitating the lunch break at 14:00 hours
16. Concluding Session
At 2:45 PM, the adjourned delegate session resumed. One of the leading past office bearer Com. Anil Kumar (AP& Telengana) convenor of Bye-law Committee was honored followed by the team of support staff working in the HQs. Com. T. Balakrishnan, Dr. Ravi Shankar, Com. P Selvaraj, Com. Dhanasekaran and Com. C. Narasingam, by the office bearers of our organization.
Emotional recognition by team AIBOA to the members of the reception committee:
The team leader of the reception committee, Joint Secretary, AIBOA Com. Vinod Kumar Sharma, Com. Charanjeev Joshi, Com. Gurmeet Singh, Com. Parveen Goel, Com. S.K. Kataria, Com. G.S. Oberoi, Com. Samir Mantrao, Com. Satinder Singh Satti, Com. Paras Sethi, Com. Rajneesh Sharma, Com. Gurmail Singh, Com. Sanjeev Bhalla, Com. Parduman and Com. Saurav were felicitated by office bearers of AIBOA for the tremendous work executed by them with patience and precision.
The reception committee was extended help voluntarily by the women delegates from Kerala and Haryana State Committees. Com. Jaya Kala, Com. Asha and Com. Vibhuti were also recognized for the services rendered during the three day transactions of the conference.
17. Appointment of the Auditor:
M/s. M.A. Suryanarayanan & Co. was appointed as our Auditor for the ensuing term with a yearly Audit fee of Rs 50,000/- was placed before the house by the undersigned and seconded by Com. V. Ramabadran, Secretary, AIBOA. The house adopted the same unanimously.
18. Financial Sanctions to ABOU Hyderabad and AIBOA West Bengal State Committee:
ABOU Hyderabad and AIBOA are having joint immovable property, in which staying arrangements for the transit comrades, coming to Hyderabad is provided. On their request an amount of Rs 5 Lacs was granted as a loan for completing refurbishment of the space purchased by the organizations. Suddenly some structural repairs have crept in, incurring an additional expenditure of Rs 1 Lac.
AIBOA West Bengal State Committee availed a loan of Rs 3 Lacs in the month of February 2018 for the payment of Municipal Taxes and other charges to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. It was to be repaid Rs 75,000/- in 4 quarterly installments.
The financial assistance of Rs 5 Lacs given to the ABOU Hyderabad was converted as donation and for the structural repairs Rs 1 Lac was also approved by the house. The resolution adopted by the AIBOA West Bengal State Committee in their 10th Conference at Kolkata, on 13th November’ 2022 for converting the loan of Rs 3 Lacs as a donation was placed which was also approved unanimously.
19. Amendment to the constitution/reallocation of the positions in the team of office bearers:
The AIBOA office bearers team consists of 35 members. Chairman (1), Vice Chairman (1), President (1), Vice President (4), General Secretary (1), Deputy General Secretary (2), Secretary (6) Treasurer (1) and Joint Secretary (18). Without changing the total number of office bearers, the present number of DGS posts has been increased from 2 to 5 and Secretaries from 6 to 10 by reducing Joint Secretaries position from 18 to 11. The proposal submitted by the undersigned was approved unanimously.
20. Adoption of Resolutions:
1.The following resolutions were
21. Listed Agenda completed except of Election of New team of Office Bearers:
One of the units submitted a representation for conducting the election through secret ballot and the time at our disposal was too short to complete all required formalities compelling the Presidium to conclude the conference except the transacting the stand-alone issue of election of New Team of office bearers, to a future date , thus the session came to an end at 3.45PM
Hence, Well begun is half done.
With continued efforts to enhance the image of our Organisation, in the hearts of the members,
|MESSAGE OF THE 8th CONFERENCE : With continued efforts to enhance the image of our Organisation, in the hearts of the members,|