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Employee Associations Urge Merger of RRBs with Sponsor Banks for Enhanced Efficiency

-By ArdorComm News Network

Bank employee associations have called on Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to merge Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) with their respective sponsor banks. This move aims to ensure overall efficiency and viability in the banking sector.

A joint statement from the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation and the All India Bank Employees Association, representing over 6 lakh bank employees, emphasized the need for this merger. “Competition among Public Sector Banks and RRBs is leading to the wastage of scarce financial resources by offering the same types of services,” the statement read. The associations argue that despite this competition, a significant portion of the rural population is not benefiting from modern, technology-driven banking products.

RRBs were established under the RRB Act of 1976 with the capital provided by the Government of India, state governments, and sponsored banks. Currently, there are 43 RRBs sponsored by 12 scheduled commercial banks, operating around 22,000 branches, 30 crore deposit accounts, and 3 crore loan accounts across 702 districts. Ninety-two percent of RRB branches are located in rural and semi-urban areas, highlighting their importance in the rural banking ecosystem.

The associations believe that merging RRBs with sponsor banks would ensure uniformity in the product range offered to customers, thus accelerating the growth of the rural economy and prioritizing sector lending. “Such integration will update the skills of RRB employees to modern banking practices and effectively address staff shortages in both RRBs and sponsor banks,” they added.

Additionally, they noted that the salary structures and benefits of RRB employees are broadly similar to those in sponsor banks, which would facilitate a seamless integration. “The proactive step of merging RRBs with their respective sponsor banks will facilitate enhanced supervision, governance, and accountability, ensuring greater sustainability of the entire banking sector,” the statement concluded.

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