Demonetisation - Media talks about the Long Queues, But What about the Aam Banker ?
Its been 12 days since the Demonetisation annoucment happened on 8th Nov. There are thousands of articles that have been published in the media around the long queues, the challenges faced by the poor people, the folks which are standing in queues on someone else's behalf, the deaths of individuals while standing in lines, people having marriage problems, farmers having crop problems & so on. However, we have seen really few to almost none media coverage around the challenges of the Aam Banker.
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In the last 2.5 years, Bankers have been at the forefront of operating at the seams of challenges first while doing the Jan-Dhan Yojana, and then through various other initiatives of the Government to bring the country into the Banking space. In a recent article in the Economic Times, it was pointed that the heads of all major banks were called in to a meeting with RBI at 7 pm on 8th Nov, and they saw the announcement together on a TV in the room. With so little time to prepare, we can imagine the amount of work that must have gone in from each individual banker to make this as smooth as possible. We have personally heard people saying that Bankers should be treated at par or next in line as our soldiers considering the amount & scale of effort being put in by them for the country.
We at ABS have always been the voice of the Aam Banker, and even though we are fully supportive of this move by the Government, we believe that the effort put in by the Aam Banker needs to be lauded & awarded in some shape or form.
The ABS community invites all its fellow active Bankers to provide their insight into their feelings about the Demonetisation exercise, and how much effort they are putting in on a daily basis. Any anecdotes about how a banker has helped their community would be welcomed. Hopefully, someone in the Government would notice & see the efforts being put in by the Bankers, and give them their dues accordingly.4
Please Provide your comments in the discussion below, and read through what the fellow bankers have to say as well.