The state-level bankers' committee in Tamil Nadu has on Saturday announced new guidelines in the functioning of the banks in light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines include limiting the working hours of the banks and suspending some of the services to contain the crowd. The guidelines will come to effect from April 26 and will stay in place till April 30 with no assurance that these guidelines won't be extended further.
In a statement, the committee has said, "In the view of the second wave of COVID-19 and sudden surge in positive cases in the state of Tamil Nadu, the following guidelines have been taken to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus after due consultation with the stakeholders and the government of Tamil Nadu. The guidelines shall be in force from 26.4.2021 to 30.04.2021 and shall be reviewed based on the situation prevailing then." So what are the guidelines that you should know if you are going to bank on Monday?
The committee has decided to reduce the working hours of the banks by four hours. According to the guidelines, the business hours for the bank branches in the state would be 10 am to 2 pm from Monday. In the administrative/Zonal/Regional offices/ back offices etc, where the staff do not have direct contact with the public shall function under normal working hours. It has also said that the cluster-based functioning of branches in consultation with the local administration shall be adopted wherever possible. The following are the other guidelines unveiled by the bankers' committee,
- Staffs with co-morbidities conditions, pregnant women, visually challenged may be given the option of work from home by the relevant authorities of the concerned banks.
- Aadhar Enrolment Center functions shall be suspended.
- Branches that are routinely facing huge crowds shall seek the help of police for crowd management, by taking up through the Lead District Manager.
- Branches functioning in the areas declared as Containment Zones, if any, shall continue to be guided by the directions given by the appropriate authorities.
- Banks to ensure that all alternate delivery channels such as bank ATMs/CDM/ Cash recyclers shall be functional.
- Business Correspondents services should be fully functional at all times.
- Bank shall encourage all their eligible staff members to avail of the vaccination facility for themselves as well as for their family members. In this regard, LDMs shall impress upon the District Administration to vaccinate bank employees and their family members on a priority basis.
- All other procedures to contain the spread of COVID19 as were advised in our earlier communications like the use of face mask, washing of hands at regular intervals, maintaining social distancing, etc shall be strictly adhered to.
- Finally, member banks are requested to educate and encourage their customers to make use of alternate delivery channels/ opt for digital transactions instead of visiting the branches physically.
The fresh set of guidelines in the functioning of banks has come when Tamil Nadu is sternly driving through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and when the state government has announced strict restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. On Saturday, the state has reported 14,842 fresh cases for the first time since the outbreak began. It also has reported 9,142 discharges and 80 deaths. Overall, the state has reported 10,66,329 cases so far as of Wednesday of which 1,00,668 are active cases, 9,52,186 have been discharged, and 13,475 people had succumbed to the viral infection.
நாளை முதல் வங்கிகள் காலை 10 மணி முதல் மதியம் 2 மணி வரை மட்டுமே செயல்படும் என அறிவிப்பு pic.twitter.com/vDesJA9aBm— PIB in Tamil Nadu 🇮🇳 (@pibchennai) April 25, 2021