Imagine an employee suffers from some serious ailment disabling him to actively work or the one who dies in harness causing an utter chagrin and helplessness to his family. Who is there to look after them? Once while visiting Tokyo in Japan I was told by number of employers that whenever they recruit a fresher, girls in majority of cases, they invite their parents ritually observing a normal function to tell them that they no more need bothering about her as after she is appointed she becomes a part of the establishment and it takes care of all her financial needs like a family does. Unfortunately such a gesture is miserably lacking on the part of the employers in India and such a malady is more operative in public sector undertakings. Quite some time back there was a practice in State Bank of India to appoint one of the dependents of the deceased employee or even during his life time if the employee had an ailment incapacitating him to work. The scheme was later withdrawn by the government. Such a scheme is reintroduced with effect from 5/8/2014 in response to large scale representations made to the government by different organisations mainly the unions in the country. In fact this scheme is hardly operational in practical terms and the representations made by the spouse or the other dependents of the deceased employee are turned down by the employer Bank(s) on some flimsy ground or the other with the result that there is no kind of help extended to the relative family members mainly the children. Most ironically the respective unions too are lagging behind in helping the family of the deceased as is reported by the spouse and the dependents. One can well realise the pangs of seclusion of the spouse concerned and her wailing children and humanity demands that all concerned come forward with a heart to help them.
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