According to a senior official of Allahabad Bank, which is to be merged with Indian Bank, a training session of trainers, which was supposed to be held in Chennai this week, will now be conducted through video conferencing. Further, the trainers would also conduct sessions at the branch level through video conferencing. However, in rural branches, where banks
do not have such a facility, the mode of communication is yet to be decided. Banks will also circulate digital training programme for employees.
managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) Padmaja Chunduru, who was scheduled to come to Kolkata to meet customers of Allahabad Bank, has postponed travel plans on account of the government advisory.
“There are hopes that the coronavirus
spread will be contained in the next two weeks. If not, it is up to the government to take a call on the matter,” said a senior official of a bank slated for merger.
Senior official at Corporation Bank, which is merging with Union Bank
of India, said the bank has been asked to cancel all training programmes (merger related as well as regular ones) and gatherings.
Now, web-based training and video conferencing are important modes for deliberations. Even the top management – CEO, executive directors and general managers – have been advised to avoid travel, an official said. With bank servers being centralised, most employees don’t have the option to work from home.
scare has derailed all plans, especially on staff training, as people cannot come for large gatherings. Banking involves a lot of security, and hence, work from home is not feasible,” said a top official of United Bank of India.
Close to 40,000 employees of United Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce
need to undergo the training before the merger.
The two banks are slated to merge with Punjab National Bank.
Syndicate Bank, which is to merge with Canara Bank, is also planning to replace face-to-face sessions with online training.
“Various state governments are coming out with advisory on domestic travel. As a result, we are going for digital learning. Many institutional training programmes have been deferred. Banks are prepared for balance sheet merger. However, now it is up to the government to take a call on the matter,” said a senior official of Syndicate Bank.