Over 10 lakh bank employees in Bihar strike work

Over 10 lakh bank employees today went on strike in Bihar as part of their two-day nation-wide agitation demanding scrapping of Khandelwal committee recommendations, outsourcing of banking services and restoration of compassionate appointment scheme, bank union sources said.

The branches of all public sector banks in Bihar remained closed and the clearing house could not function due to the strike by the employees, Bank Employees' Federation, Bihar BEFB) General Secretary B Prasad said in a statement.

The agitating employees staged dharna before their respective branch offices and took out rallies demonstrations in the towns in support of their demands, he said.

The striking employees were also pressing for regularization of the services of 70,000 workers recruited by the State Bank of India (SBI) as business correspondents and business facilitators, Prasad said.

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