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Pigmy collectors convention

The third convention of pigmy collectors of commercial banks will be held in Shimoga city on May 9th.

In a statement issued here recently, chairman of the reception committee K T Srinivasarao said that there are around 4000 pigmy collectors in the state.

The convention is being organised with a view to highlight the problems faced by the pigmy collectors and to bring their plight to the notice of the bank managements.

The pigmy collectors are a bridge between the customers and their banks and contribute much to the development of the banking sector in the country, the statement said.

The statement noted that the federation of All India Bank Employees Association launched a series of legal battles from 1980 demanding that pigmy collectors be made permanent employees of the banks. The Supreme Court has ruled that they should be considered part time employees.

It also ordered that they be paid a monthly wage of Rs 750 as well as commission on deposits they bring in. The SC has also ruled that the pigmy collectors be granted provident fund, gratuity, leave and medical facilites.

However, due to various reasons, the SC order has not been implemented so far. The case has now been referred to the Central Industrial Tribunal.

The convention on May 9 will discuss issues pertaining to service conditions of pigmy collectors and the numerous problems facing them.

National and state level leaders of Federation of All India Bank Employees Association will address the gathering, the statement added.

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