The Madras High Court on Wednesday issued notices on a PIL seeking distribution of all cash benefits under various Schemes of the State and Union Government to women account holders, farmers, old age and widow pensioners through the Business Correspondents of the Bank at the door steps of the beneficiaries, without breaking the lockdown.
The petition was filed by the General Secretary of the Bank Employees Federation of India- Tamil Nadu, N. Rajagopal.
After an urgent listing of the matter, a division bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice R. Hemalatha issued notices to the Central Government through the Union Ministry of Finance, the Government of Tamil Nadu, Reserve Bank of India, the Indian Banks' Association and the State Level Bankers Committee.
Through the petition, Rajagopal has also sought the following relief measures for the welfare of Bank employees, who are required to go to the bank amid the lockdown, to render essential services:
The Petition also seek a direction to accommodate Bank employees, who have been stranded at various parts of the State, by allowing them to join duty at the branches nearby to their place of their living, during the lockdown period.
The matter will be heard after two weeks
Case Title: N. Rajagopal v. Union of India & Ors.
Case No.: WP No. 7449/2020
Quorum: Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice R. Hemalatha
Appearance: M/s D. Geetha (for Petitioner); Special Government Pleader AN Thambidurai (for Union & State); Advocate C. Mohan (for RBI); Advocate NGR Prasad (for State Level Bankers Committee)
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