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The top level representatives of the State Bank management, of course including B.V. Chaubal, Dy. Managing Director and CDO, who otherwise has a reputation of the one having maintained most cordial a relationship with all the cadres of staff in the Bank in whatever level he was ever positioned, came out with a clarification releasing necessary communique for the purpose. This they did for public consumption with a narrative of the unpleasant scenario that is currently obtaining in the Bank as a result of their tussle with All India State Bank of India Officers Federation. They, flagrantly and, say wilfully, isolated the Officers Federation calling them as an ‘exception’ to the different categories of the people serving the Bank’s interest. They, in a way, thanked every body on earth specifically excluding the Officers Federation. These are two different things –not offering thanks to some one at all, and distinctly pronouncing that some one doesn’t deserve thanks. In a situation of highly vulnerable an order as it is obtaining currently in the Bank, such a reaction on the part of the management only adds fuel to the fire. The very ethics of industrial relations demands that such an action should have been avoided. The very perception of the Bank’s management, as indicated in their statement, that they are the sole souls keeping the interest of the Bank in mind is not in a good taste. They should know, as their immediate predecessors all along did, that whatever chance to manage and monitor the things they get is only based on what is produced by the employees and officers who toil hard indefatigably in the field. In practical terms, it is they who hold the key, and not the top management alone.
There is a reference made in the aforesaid communique that the then leadership of the Officers Federation agreed with the management on implementation of 7days a week plan. Bilateral agreements or understanding once arrived at are always a matter of review and they never assume the status of the Ten Commandments. The Bank has presently an unfettered right of computerisation, but the very basic agreement in regard to this, as then signed between the Bank and All India State Bank of India Staff Federation, provided that the Bank will not resort to any further computerisation without consulting the Staff Federation. Why misguide the people?
Conciliatory measures and not the crude methods elicit peace. This is the high time when both the Bank and the Federation leadership sit across the table and, as per noble tradition till recently followed, sort out the issues amicably. This is what the situation demands, and there lies the interest of the Bank, its people and the public as a whole.