Finance Ministry requests Health, Home Ministries for vaccination of bank employees on priority basis
The Union Finance Ministry has requested the Health and Home ministries for issuing instructions for enabling Covid-19 vaccination of employees of banks and National Payments Corporation of India on a priority basis.
This will go a long way in assuring bank employees about the safety of themselves and their families and also boost their morale in continuing to provide their services to customers even in these difficult times when the fresh wave has swept many states, the finance ministry in its recent communication said.
Out of the total strength of 13.5 lakh employees in the banking sector, about 600 deaths due to Covid-19 were recorded, as per the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) data.
In percentage terms, 0.04 per cent of total strength lost their lives.
The communication to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Home Affairs emphasised the important role of bankers during disbursal and withdrawal of benefits transferred under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.
Similarly, it said, the reliance on the digital mode of payments increased and employees of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) played a critical role in ensuring unhindered services.