Canara Bank Officers complain about New Transfer Policy

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Canara Bank officers have raised concerns about the new transfer policy implemented in 2024. They claim that the policy disregards personal and family circumstances, leading to significant disruption in their personal and professional lives. Many officers have expressed their grievances on social media and professional collectives, highlighting the challenges they face when being transferred to distant locations, often in different states.

Concerns Over Impact on Education and Family Care

One of the major concerns raised by officers is the impact of these transfers on their children’s education and the care of ailing family members. They argue that the policy lacks humanitarian consideration and fails to take into account the unique circumstances of each officer.

Allegations of Favoritism

Some organizations within Canara Bank, such as the Canara Bank Officers Union (CBOU), have alleged favoritism in the implementation of the new transfer policy. They claim that approximately 1,000 members of the majority organization, Canara Bank Officers’ Association (CBOA), have been granted exemptions from these transfers. The CBOU representative stated that while protecting key activists is understandable, exempting such a large number of members is unjustifiable and puts a strain on other genuine cases of humanitarian interest.

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Recruitment Imbalances as an Underlying Issue

One of the underlying issues contributing to the challenges of the transfer policy is the imbalance in regional recruitment. States like Bihar, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu have a higher number of applications and appointments, while states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana have significantly fewer recruits. This disparity makes it challenging to allocate home state appointments, resulting in many officers being transferred to distant locations.

Impact of the Syndicate Bank Merger

The recent merger of Syndicate Bank with Canara Bank has further exacerbated the transfer challenges. Both banks primarily operated in South Indian states, leading to a higher concentration of officers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This concentration has complicated the allocation of transfers and added to the difficulties faced by officers.

Call for Regional Recruitment

The Canara Bank Officers Union (CBOU) has emphasized the need for regional recruitment to address the transfer challenges. They argue that regional recruitment helps officers connect with the customer base and community, as they are familiar with the local language and culture. It also brings satisfaction to customers who can communicate and relate to the bank officials effectively.

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Union Actions and Demands

In response to these issues, the Canara Bank Officers’ Organisation (CBOO) has issued a statement opposing the new transfer policy and the exemptions granted to CBOA activists. They have also filed a petition with the Chief Labour Commissioner, seeking a fairer implementation of the policy.

Other Controversial Incidents

Apart from the transfer policy disputes, Canara Bank has faced other controversial incidents recently. A viral video showing a manager’s harassment led to a backlash, prompting the management to issue a circular insisting on the confidentiality of meetings. Additionally, the bank’s decision to slash sub-staff wages amid cost-cutting measures has drawn significant criticism from employees and unions.

Conclusion

As the controversy over Canara Bank’s new transfer policy continues, it is clear that both the officers and their representative organizations are calling for more balanced and humane consideration in transfer decisions. The need for regional recruitment and fairer policies are highlighted as crucial steps towards resolving the ongoing discontent.

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