Nationwide stir: Banking services hit on second day too
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Nationwide stir: Banking services hit on second day too

March 16, 2021

Mysore/Mysuru: Banking service in city was effected on the second day today following the two-day Nationwide Bank Strike, which began yesterday. While private sector banks operated as usual, all public sector banks including SBI, Indian Bank and Canara Bank remained closed today.

Over 200 bank officials and staff members staged a demonstration in front of Canara Bank Regional Office in Nazarbad this morning, following a call by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), an umbrella body of nine bank unions, against the proposed privatisation of public sector banks since yesterday.

The shutdown of banking services has hit hard on traders, commercial and business establishments as well as general public. Public sector banks have remained closed for a four days in a row Saturday and Sunday, followed by the two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday.  However, online transactions were not hit. But many ATMs were out of cash since yesterday. 

The strike comes after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget announcement of  privatising two public sector banks (apart from IDBI Bank) as part of the Government’s disinvestment drive to generate Rs. 1.75 lakh crore.

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