Aksharam Kala Sahithya Vedi organised a dharna in front of the Kottarakara branch of the State Bank of India on Friday to press for their demand to include Malayalam in forms supplied by banks to customers. Vedi secretary V.K. Santosh Kumar said the demand was important because all pensions and subsidies were to be distributed to beneficiaries through banks.

Inaugurating the dharna, CPI leader and former Minister Benoy Viswom said it was important that all bank transactions took place in the language of the people. He said that as a result of political intervention, the approach of nationalised banks towards Kerala had undergone positive changes.

For a variety of reasons, the common man has started to depend upon banks. Customers who do not know English or Hindi too have the right to know the details of transactions they engage in. The State Bank of Travancore, which is the State’s own bank, should take the lead in this connection, he said.

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