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Power of 3 brings nostalgia to bank staff

MANGALURU: When Bank of Baroda (BoB) was the second-largest public sector bank in the nation on the power of ‘Power of three’ on Monday, the workers — both former and the prevailing ones of Vijaya Bank (one of the vital merged entities) — were steeped in nostalgia.
The first day of the present fiscal saw Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank get amalgamated with BoB as a part of the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks after SBI subsumed its five subsidiaries.

For Ravindranath Uchil, who superannuated from the rolls of Vijaya Bank in 2012 after 38 years of service, it was a second to take a trip down memory lane. Having joined the bank in 1974, Ravindranath informed NewsTread that the bank reached its heydays two years later under the stewardship of then CMD Mulki Sunder Ram Shetty. “It was a golden yr in the bank’s history. It excelled in terms of percentage of industrial and income,” he mentioned.

It was also the yr when the bank opened absolute best number of branches to spread the imaginative and prescient of its founding fathers: to help the agrarian inhabitants in this a part of the state. A resident of Manjeshwar, Ravindranath was posted to Ernakulam. “I was posted there as I know Malayalam,” he mentioned, including maximum of his batchmates were posted to north India. “Our chairman never posted any individual of their home location,” Ravindranath added.

The only workers who escaped this were women and widows who got posting at branches closer home. “His (Sunder Ram Shetty’s) only phrases whilst handing out the employment letter, which he for my part did, was to tell workers to do their best possible and reside up to the aspirations of the founding fathers,” Ravindranath mentioned, including this labored.

Such was their sense of determination that workers on rolls of Vijaya Bank became down profitable activity gives from in different places. Ravindranath recalled that Kochi Refineries introduced him a job at Qatar on higher phrases. “It was the affection for Vijaya Bank and the trust that Sunder Ram Shetty had reposed in us that saw maximum people reject such gives,” he mentioned, including he would still pass round proudly claiming to be a former worker of Vijaya Bank.

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