Dhaka, Bangladesh
PSB officials urge govt to regularise their jobs

PSB officials urge govt to regularise their jobs

News Report: Officials and employees of Amar Bari, Amar Khamar Prokolpo (ABAKP) or 'One House, One Farm project' and Palli Sanchay Bank (PSB) continued their strike for the seventh consecutive day on Thursday on their eight-point demands, including regularising their jobs. They stopped the daily schedule of work during the working time like the previous days. The staff members also staged for the demonstration in front of the head office at Eskaton in the capital city. They brought out a procession and marched through the city roads and vowed to continue demonstrations until their demands are met. However, they agreed to give the authorities seven days but decided to stay at the venue until them. President of the movement Selim Ahmed told The News Today that they have eight-point demands. They demanded that their jobs be made permanent and placed under salary structure as in banking rules. Also, they demanded all allowances and dues as per banking guidelines. The officials and employees urged the government to regularise their jobs immediately and cancel all illegal recruitments. In a prepared statement, they also claimed the Palli Sanchay Bank Chairman, Dr Mihir Kanti Majumder, and Managing Director Akbar Hossain "violated" the law and rules for recruiting officials and employees in the bank and appointed new manpower through "illegal recruitment business" excluding them. Md Solayman, convener of Amar Bari, Amar Khamar Prokolpo O Palli Sanchay Bank Kormokorta-Kormochari Samity, quoted the act under which the bank was formed. Officials of the "One House, One Farm" project should be appointed permanently at the PSB on a priority basis. He demanded a circular regularising jobs of those staffers of "One House, One Farm" project who were appointed before June 30, 2016. He also claimed that despite a stay order from the High Court about such appointments, the bank authorities recruited 149 senior officers "illegally". "We urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take necessary steps against the corruption." "We've been working at the bank on temporary basis for three years without any salary. We'll be forced to go for tougher programmes if a circular is not circulated in this regard immediately," he also said. Solayman urged the Prime Minister to take necessary measures against such irregularities as mentioned above. The Palli Sanchay Bank emerged from the government's One House, One Farm project, which is now named "My House, My Farm". It was conceived for rural development and economic empowerment of the poorer section of society.

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