Public Sector Banks allow Work from Home for some employees
With the widespread outbreak of Corona Virus, various Public Sector Banks have asked the employees at corporate offices (Head Office, Zonal Office, Circle Office etc.) to work from home on alternate days. Half of the workforce will attend offices on one day and the other will work from home and next day the first half will be joining office while the other half will work from home.
This will in some way reduce the chances of spreading the virus.
However, no relief seems to be available for staff working in branches, where they have to deal with customers and exchange cash and various documents/ papers. Even in cities like Mumbai where complete lockdown has been announced, bank branches are still working.
After the initiative by State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India, Uco Bank, Union Bank, Bank of India and Punjab National Bank have allowed the similar arrangement. Reserve Bank of India has already allowed majority of its staff to work from home.
Some banks have also increased the expenditure limits for sanitization of branches, while according to sources, SBI is also giving some amount in salary for the increase expenditure due to COVID 19 pandemic.