Women bank staff to pick transfers

Women bank staff to pick transfers

Women employees of public sector banks (PSBs) will soon be entitled to a major benefit of getting transfers of their choice.

The Finance Ministry has asked banks to formulate women-friendly transfer policies so that they can get transfers at places where their husbands working or parents stay.

The Department of Financial Services, sources said, has asked PSBs to formulate transfer and posting polices in such way so as to minimise “hardship” of women employees.

“It has been decided to accommodate as far as possible placement/transfer of married employees, on her request, at a place where her husband is stationed or as near as possible to that place or vice versa,” said a communication of the Department to head to PSBs.

In case of unmarried women employees, the banks have been asked to accommodate them “at a place where their parents” are stationed or as near as possible.

The department said it has noticed that woman employees, both married and unmarried, “when placed/ transfered away from their husband or parents to distant locations face a genuine hardship or develop a feeling of insecurity”.

There are 27 PSBs, including the latest Bharatiya Mahila Bank. Of the nearly 8 lakh employees in them, about 2.5 lakh are women.

The PSBs have been asked to frame the policy in this regard with the approval of their Board and “take immediate action for implementation and compliance”.

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