Covid fallout: Banks cut public business hours


In view of steep rise in the COVID19 cases, the banks operating in J&K have curtailed working hours and staff presence at the branches. As per a statement issued here today, the banks shall conduct public business from 10am to 2pm with reduced staff presence at the branches as well as in the controlling offices.

“The new standard operating procedures will be implemented with immediate effect till 31 May 2021 to safeguard people amid huge spike in COVID19 cases in the UT,” the statement said. The statement said that soon after a communication from Indian Banks Association to SLBC/UTLBC Conveners advising them to hold deliberations with stakeholders regarding circumstances, and issue appropriate advisories to banks, the J&K Bank, Convener J&K UTLBC, conducted a meeting through video conferencing.

The meeting, it said, was attended by President (LBD/UTLBC), Vice President (LBD/UTLBC) and senior level officers of the banks operating in the UT of J&K including SBI, PNB, JKGB, EDB, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, UCO Bank, Canara Bank, PSB, and JKSCB.