Money & Banking

Khandelwal suggestions impractical, says union

Vinson Kurian Thiruvananthapuram | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on July 13, 2012

The Khandelwal Committee prescriptions on recruitments will aggravate the manpower crisis in the banking sector, according to the Syndicate Bank Staff Association.

The committee has prescribed that fresh recruitment of clerks should be restricted to rural and semi-rural branches.

NOT WORKABLE

In the officer cadre, it has recommended that recruitment of direct officers shall be to the extent of as much as 50 per cent. These are neither workable nor are practical, according to Mr K. S. Bhat, all-India secretary of the association.

The proposed two-day banking strike later this month would seek to highlight what he described as some of the misconceived suggestions of the committee.

Implementing them would only help exacerbate the already skewed service conditions in the banking sector, he told Business Line. “For instance, raising the direct recruitment ratio of officers to 50 per cent would curtail the promotion chances of existing officers.

MANDATORY SERVICE

“The recommendation with respect to recruitment of clerks could discourage aspirants from applying for the job.”

The panel has not just restricted fresh recruitments to just rural and semi-rural branches but has also prescribed a mandatory three years of service.

It also favours wage settlement reached at the bank level, rather than the industry-level. “If the recommendation is accepted, each bank would have different wages, perks and service conditions,” Mr Bhat said.

When service conditions of banks differ from each other, they would get reflected in the attitude towards and services delivered to customers.

BARGAINING POWER

In case of dispute with respect to service conditions, even courts may find it difficult to deal with same since there is no scope for a comparative study.

This is aimed mainly to engineer discord among the unions and reduce their bargaining power, Mr Bhat said.

As for the proposed performance management system, he said that a common, standard format for different individuals is not workable.

“There are some good suggestions in the package. But most not are, and hence the opposition from the unions,” he added.

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Published on July 13, 2012
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