NEW DELHI: Thousands of bank employees from all over India participated in a huge March on Parliament in Delhi on Friday.
Employees travelled all the way from Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and other states to march for their demands for reforms checking Bank privatisation and consolidation (mergers),tough measures to recover big corporate loan arrears, reducing interest rates on deposits amongst others A memorandum of demands was handed over to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Shouting slogans Save Public Banks to Save the Nation, Peoples Money for Peoples Welfare, the employees,including many women , ended the march with a big rally on Parliament street. Devidas Tuljapurkar, Joint Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association told The Citizen that the Unions have resolved to intensify the struggle if their demands were not met, and the government failed to adopt conciliatory measures.
Political leaders across the spectrum addressed the rally including the Shiv Sena, Left Parties, Congress, and Janata Dal(U) dissenting member Sharad Yadav. The others included Arvind Sawant from the Sena, Digvijay Singh, Sitaram Yechury, D.Raja, Tapan Sen.