Consider bankers as frontline workers for booster dose: AIBOC to FM – World Affairs SRS

Consider bankers as frontline workers for booster dose: AIBOC to FM

– World Affairs SRS

Bank officers’ association AIBOC has urged Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to treat bankers as frontline workers to give booster shots amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country.

In a letter addressed to the Finance Minister, the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) also suggested the implementation of a 5-day week to break the chain of spread of the virus.

In all branches or offices, only 50 per cent of the employees should be physically present, and the remaining employees should be allowed to work from home, making it special for bankers to avail public transport, including suburban railways, under the essential services category. gives status.

The government has said that a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be given to healthcare workers, frontline workers and people aged 60 years and above from January 10.

AIBOC Secretary General Soumya Dutta said in the letter that there should be a mandatory rapid antigen test for bankers to ‘detect, isolate and treat’ at regular intervals.

Pointing out that around 2,000 bankers lost their lives in the first two waves, the letter said, “We consider ourselves part of the ‘financial army’ who have overcome obstacles and served the nation in times of crisis.” Is.” ,

Unfortunately, it said, there was a delay in the recognition of bank employees as Frontline COVID Warriors (FLWs), denying the opportunity of vaccination along with other FLWs in the first place, which could have possibly averted the loss of precious lives.

According to the latest data from the Union Health Ministry, the country has seen a single day increase of 1,41,986 new coronavirus cases including 3,071 cases of the Omicron variant reported in 27 states and union territories so far.

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