Some 900 delegates from south Odisha take part in the meet
Acute shortage of staff, poor infrastructure, and unsuitable premises in branches of south Odisha were the points of discussion at the fifth triennial zonal conference of the Berhampur zonal committee of State Bank India Officers' Association (SBIOA) held in the city on Sunday.
Some 900 delegates from SBI braches in south Odisha districts participated in the conference. The delegates took part in a rally in the morning.
S.N. Sahu, president of the Hyderabad circle SBIOA, attended the conference as a guest along with L.K. Mishra, the Bhubaneswar circle president of the association. Leaders of different zonal committees of the SBIOA of Bhubaneswar circle also took part in the conference.
L.N. Patro, zonal secretary of Berhampur zonal committee, said they were trying hard to take the SBI to new heights in south Odisha but there can be no compromise on the rights of officials. He as well as Mr. Sahu from Hyderabad mainly focused on the point that most of the branches of the SBI were suffering from shortage of staff due to which officers have to work more than eight hours on most days sacrificing their family life.
Leaders of the association said the number of bank employees in the zone remains the same what it was ten years ago although a number of branches have come up during the period. They alleged that there were many branches in south Odisha that were being run by single officer. It was also alleged that the computers and computer hardware provided to the SBI branches in south Odisha were not of proper standard. Owing to lack of proper maintenance network computer related problems were disrupting customer services for several hours in urban areas. In rural areas, branches remained defunct due to computer problem for several days also. They said that several branches did not have proper number of computers and printers.
Security at ATMs
Members of the association alleged that the bank management was yet to provide proper security at the ATM counters.
Lack of security at SBI ATM counters was a major reason behind illegal transfer of money from accounts of customers by miscreants, they said.