Thiruvananthapuram, Aug. 29
The Chief Minister, Mr V. S. Achuthanandan, has expressed himself against the proposed move for merger of Lord Krishna Bank with Bank of Punjab.
In a communication to the Union Finance Minister, Mr Achuthanandan demanded that the Centre intervene immediately to avert the ill-advised merger from being formalised. Set up in 1940, Lord Krishna Bank has given a good account of itself in being able to effectively look after the interests of the backward and downtrodden sections. The merger move will put this time-tested tradition in jeopardy, harming not just the poor but the shareholders of the Kerala-based bank as well, the Chief Minister said.