There will not be a single job loss due to merger of banks, assures Nirmala Sitharaman

The merger of banks will bring down the number of state-run banks to 12 from 19 after the merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda effective April 2019.

Press Trust of India September 01, 2019 16:57:57 IST
There will not be a single job loss due to merger of banks, assures Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1 September allayed fears of job losses following the proposed merger of public sector banks

  • She was replying to a question on the bank employees unions opposing the merger plan on the ground it would lead to loss of jobs

  • Sitharaman on 30 August unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four

Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1 September allayed fears of job losses following the proposed merger of public sector banks, saying not even one employee shall be removed following the amalgamation.

"Absolutely, ill-informed. I want to assure every union in everyone of these banks to please recall what I have said last Friday. When we spoke about amalgamation of banks I have very clearly underlined the fact that there shall not be one employee removed. Not at all", she told reporters.

She was replying to a question on the bank employees unions opposing the merger plan on the ground it would lead to loss of jobs.

Sitharaman on 30 August unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four as part of plans to create fewer and stronger global-sized lenders as the government looked to boost economic growth from a five-year low.

There will not be a single job loss due to merger of banks assures Nirmala Sitharaman

File image of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. ANI

The finance minister's mega merger plan announced on Friday was about four mergers:  PNB (Punjab National Bank) to merge with itself smaller peers Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India, to create the nation's second- largest lender; Syndicate Bank will merge with Canara Bank; Union Bank of India will take over Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank; and Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank.

The move will bring down the number of state-run banks to 12 from 19 after the merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda effective April 2019.

As of 20-17, there were 27 state-run banks in the country, right before the SBI merged with itself its five associate banks along with the Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

Earlier, responding to the government's plan, the All India Bank Employees Union has said the amalgamation would lead to closure of banks besides job losses.

"The proposals which the government has moved are unmindful since it has no logic or rationale. Neither, it is the case that a weak bank is merged with a strong one nor geographically compatible banks are being merged," the association said in a statement.

The unions said the government has come out with merger proposals at a time when the economy is passing through a rough weather-as the announcements came an hour before the government reported that the economy slowed to the lowest level in 25 quarters in the April-June period clipping at a low 5 percent.

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