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`Govt. should protect trade union rights'

By K.N. Venkatasubba Rao



S.A. Giri

BANGALORE, APRIL 13. Asked about what they expect from the new Governments that will assume office at the Centre and in the State after the elections, employees working in different capacities in the banking sector have highlighted some of the challenges that have to be faced. They are of the firm view that public sector banks are strong enough compete with multinational banks given a level playing field and expect the new Governments to work in that direction.

S.A. Giri, an officer in Canara Bank and a one-time cartoonist, says that the country is yet to tackle the question whether it is morally right and financially viable for a candidate to contest from more than one constituency. He suggests that political and cultural organisations and legal forums should generate a public debate on the issue.



B.N. Ramesh Kumar

He expects the new Government at the Centre to respond to the demands of bank employees. He is of the opinion that although the Governments at the Centre and in the State have been making efforts to improve power and water supply, they have to evolve a new employment policy with an emphasis on the rural economy.

B. N. Ramesh Kumar, Manager of the Management, Information, Planning and Development wing of Canara Bank, and a writer, says, "My expectation is conditioned by the manifestos of political parties. Irrespective of which party comes to power or who will be the Minister for Labour, trade union rights should be protected." He feels that of late education has become "rich people's property and society is being segregated on the kind of education that one receives. The Government's policy on education is demoralising both parents and children."



Jayalakshmi

The "imbalanced income-tax policy" is responsible for various problems being faced by the salaried class, he says.

On the question of a candidate contesting from more than one constituency, he says the Election Commission should ban it.

Jayalakshmi, who edits a one-sheet news bulletin for the bank's Mahatma Gandhi Road branch, says that the attitude of the Government towards the banking sector is wrong. She expects the new Government to review its position on the basic question of trade union rights and the importance of work culture. The Governments both at the Centre in the State should concentrate on the development of rural areas with a vision.


She is against a candidate contesting from several places. "There should be no room for such practices in a mature democracy," she says.

Hema, who hails from Andhra Pradesh and has been in Bangalore for over 30 years, expects the governments to crack down on corruption. "Corruption is the mother of all problems. Can corruption be eliminated without political stability? Can political stability be achieved with the kind of politics underlined by communal bias even in declaring holidays," she asks.

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