The women empowerment started taking strides in independent India a few decades back, more so in Banking industry and it is increasingly gaining grounds day by day with their induction in almost all areas both in public and private undertakings with a requisite speed. It was in fact Swami Vibekanand who was the first Indian to play an ambassadorial role abroad promoting women empowerment while addressing the masses there as ‘Sisters and brothers’ as against the routine ritual then obtaining every where as ‘Brothers and sisters’. This remarkable utterance became a great tool in promoting and highlighting the significance at a great scale. Theirs is a major share in joining senior positions in different major Banks like State Bank of India and ICICI Bank where they occupy the most covetous a placement as their top executive level. Many take it as notional but the fact is the said incumbents are able to justify their role as such by working hard with competent managerial capability of a high quality. It is quite in tune with the Vedic culture of respect for women with the saying “…yatra nariyastu poojyantey ramantey tatra devta” (angels are present where ladies are respected/worshipped).
The premier banking organisation in the country State Bank of India has no more a good health suffer as it does from many an anomalies on operation front and popularity amongst workforce itself and also the banking public, more so in its offices abroad. No any business organisation can afford flourishing if it is sans goodwill of the people in general and the working personnel in particular. Staff is deprived of any incentive for the last several years that counts and the issues like pensionary benefits including that of an improved pension to the retirees which is pending for a long time in different courts of Law and bilateral tiers. The honest handling of transactional virtue too is suffering from a colossal parameter and the dealings are no more above board. Commision aspect is talk of the town in all places with fishy deals. Staff shortage is a curse that has overgulped the avenues of a better service to the customers. Looks like this once called a giant bank of global significance is reduced to the status of a pigmy money lender. In the process the dignity of labour too is miserably lost. Working hours for all categories of the personnel which were brought into effect after several trade union leaders had to lay down their life to fetch this demand are badly mutilated forcing again an unlimited sort of working hours at all administrative offices and the branches. There is no replacement on retirements and deaths and the staff strength is getting reduced day by day with the result that the residual employees are overburdened with huge workload which again adversely affects the requisite attention to the important customers. If ‘it is never too late to mend’ is the adage, it is high time for the top management of the Bank to mend their overall modus operandi to repair and rejuvenate the system and style of working.
What counts most in any undertaking, business, administeration or any work challenge, is the workforce but for which nothing moves. This was the most neglected channels, rather ignored to the point of nullity, humiliation and contempt for hundreds of centuries obliviously forelorne and discarded by the bully lords mainly inclusive of land lords who employed them against most neglible a payment, or no pament at all, as slaves slapping and beating them for no reason at all. Slaves no more now, they are civilians now and as good citizens of their country as any body belonging to it. Trade Union movement on the labour front is turned to a white collared one and they are able to compete with the people belonging to a sophiscated society. People owe their gratitude to those leaders of theirs in the past who laid down their life fighting for a better status for the working class.
War is a factor that can’t be ruled out any where in any part of the globe any time even in the apparent absence of any symptoms in the direction as this is how the world has lived for millions of a century -those who won the battle became Raja or Maharaja and the ones who lost had to live as a praja (public) with cycle running in the same measure till date in all continents and countries even whenever it was strategically warranted new country or countries were created to accommodate the gymnasts in politics. History is the witness with examples being that of Pakistan and Bangladesh. There are already undercurrents for more of the regions or countries currently in a subdued tenor when the global scenario is viewed as such. A war, if it so occurs anywhere in any region of the world, may result into what a ghastly scenario and havoc can well be imagined by any one with the index of history and viewed from that angle none could really be for it as with the present day nuclear war equipments available almost everywhere it has to be turned to a Dooms Day with a total devastation of the mankind on earth. Mercenaries apart, any one would hardly ever opt for it
The YOGA Vedic philosophy has all along been known for its complexities since ages, or say since hundreds of centuries, and is known so well for its qualitative values and result orientations with a richer orientation on fitness factor. As against different tough masculine discipline of direct physical exercises involving a more rigorous discipline of regimen, Yoga exercises are considered as simpler and easy to adopt maturing to an expertise but it is observed that many take it as a short cut to achieving a perfection which is nothing beyond what is utterly utopian. The traditional physical exercises lay more emphasis on reoriginating physical body fitness whereas Yoga aims at building up a sound spiritual fitness aimed at in a way towards divine pursuits which is far greater a goal. Yoga stresses more emphasis on energising the veins and not just the bones as against wrestlers mode of practice.
‘There is no time to stay and stare”, said Lord Kipling and that’s because of every day growing population of India which the country is just facing and may be it grows worse in days to com. In our puraans (epics) there is already a warning signal that some day India may collapse because of awefully overpopulous a country with the Earth unable to bear the burden. Some brand it as something catastrophic and there are some who smell a Doom’s Day in it. Possibly it is the time for India to fall in line with China who brought certain legislations to curb this menace of overpopulation.
It’s a sort of a renaissance period going on in relation to pensioners issues and every time a clinch to the problems look imminent some hurdle or the other jumps to the scene and it appears as if there is no end to such impediments. In reply to some of the enthusiasts, KR Saini has given a clarification that reads like this:
….,AS YOU ARE AWARE THAT FOR COMPUTATION OF PENSION PURPOSE BASIC PAY,PROFESSIONAL QULIFICATION PAY AND FIXED PERSONAL PAY ARE TO BE TAKEN.HOWEVER,NEITHER IN THE COMMITTE’S REPORT NOR IN THE APPROVAL LETTER THERE IS MENTIONED OF P.Q.P ANDF.P.P.SIR, WHILE CONVEYING APPROVAL OF REVISION OF PENSION FOR 8TH BIPARTITE RETIREES THIS TYPE OF MISTAKE OCCURED NOT INCLUDING F.P.P INTHE FIRST INSTACE AND ON TAKING UP BY THE BANK F.P.P WAS ALSO INCLUDED FOR PENSION PURPOSE TO 8TH BIPARTITE RETIREES.IN THIS CONNECTION KINDLY REFER TO WEB SITE OF SBI PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION(MUMBAI)PUNE (BANK’S CIRCULAR) AT SERIAL NO4.SIMILARLY IN THE CASE OF 9TH BIPARTITE RETIREES P.Q.P AND F.P.P HAS NOT BEEN INCLUDED FOR PENSION PURPOSE IN THE FIRST INSTANCE BY THE BANK.LATERON BY TAKING UP THE MATTER WITH GOVERNMENT THIS MISTAKE WAS ALSO RECTIFIED.IN THIS CONNECTION,KINDLY REFER CIRCULARS AT SERIAL NO 32 AND 34 OF THE WEB SITE OF SBI PENSIONERS’ ASSOCIATION (MUMBAI)PUNE.
FURTHER,I HAVE TO ADVISE THAT ALL INDIA STATE BANK OFFICERS’ FEDERATION HAS ALREADY TAKEN UP THIS ISSUE IMMEDIATELY WITH THE MANAGEMENT OF S.BI FOR INCLUDING P.Q.P AND F.P.P FOR PENSION PURPOSE VIDE CIRCULAR NO 42.WE ARE REQUISTING THAT OUR PENSIONERS’ FEDERATION SHOULD ALSO TAKE UP THE MATTER IMMEDIATELY WITH S.B.I FOR RECTIFICATION FOR CALCULATION OF REVISED PENSION TO 7TH BIPARTITE RETIREES BY INCLUDING P.Q.P AND F.P.P.KINDLY DO REPLY ME.