Recreational programmes and competitions mark celebration
Women staff of three branches of State Bank of India, including Manjakuppam, Thirupadiripuliyur and Cuddalore Old Town, celebrated the Centenary of International Women's Day in a unique manner on Tuesday.
They organised a judicious mix of recreational and intellectual programmes such as musical chair, quiz, general knowledge and classical music competitions, and almost the entire lot participated in all the events.
The quiz master posed all sorts of questions related to gender issues in the present socio-economic milieu, including the bank schemes and concessions available to women in general. They readily responded to the questions about the illustrious women who made a mark in their chosen fields.
The participants expressed the view that the Centenary event was a special occasion for them because it made them to reflect on their role in the society and how they could excel in their career, of course, against odds.
Chief Managers K.Govindarajan (Manjakuppam branch) and P.Chelladurai (Cuddalore Old Town branch) and Manager K.Venugopal (Thirupadiripuliyur branch) were the driving forces behind the celebrations.
Mr Govindarajan told The Hindu that it was the intent of the bank to democratise the work environment so as to foster solidarity among staff to render better customer services, the ultimate goal.
Mr Chelladuri handed over identical gift articles of utility value to the winners. Mr Govindarajan said more and more number of women were attracted to the banking sector for valid reasons.
R.Rajalakshmi, a staffer with B.E.degree, concurred with the view by saying that the banking sector offered exposure to a vast spectrum of clientele and insight into their economic pursuits.
Moreover, the fixed working hours in the banks, unlike the extended schedule in the I-T sector, was another added attraction.
Another humanitarian factor was that the bank jobs offered adequate time to connect with the family and strengthen the bond.
Ms Rajalakshmi further said that for the aspiring staff, the banks offered promotional avenues by conducting periodical qualifying examinations.
There was also the possibility of getting a transfer to the desired place, after marriage.
These were the factors that were weighing with women to opt for bank jobs and the Centenary of International Women's Day was the right occasion to share such thoughts, Ms Rajalakshmi opined.