This was feared. The sword of Damocles which was till recently hanging on the head of the officers federation in State Bank ultimately fell on them with their top rank office bearers of the status of General Secretaries and Presidents in different circles being penalised heavily by the top level management of State Bank of India at their corporate office at Mumbai. The Chairman of the Bank, Pratip Chaudhary, was hell bent on severely punishing the office bearers of the respective Unions/ Federation some way or the other for their fault that they staged a dharna, although a peaceful one and that too during lunch recess, protesting against the Bank’s move to introduce 7 days a week work schedule as against 6 days a week presently. Obviously, the Chairman did it to please his bosses in the government, besides satisfying his own ego of a revenge. He must be feeling jubilant on his manoeuvres succeeding capable enough to elicit a pat on his back as from the governmental quarters. The Chairman possibly forgot that the Central Government itself is having only 5 days a week work schedule for its employees all over the country.
But for the lack lustre attitude and limpingly shaky a deal on the part of the officers federation in SBI, it was not to happen and the crisis could have been averted.