Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Demand for SBI branch at Pughoboto: CSOs call for partial bandh on Nov 11

As part of the second phase agitation, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of Pughoboto town have decided to call for “partial bandh” on November 11, 2022 following the failure of the state government to fulfill its demand to set up State Bank branch at Pughoboto.
It may be mentioned that the CSOs of Pughoboto on August 11, 2022 staged a “silent procession” demanding that the state government set up the SBI Pughoboto branch within 45 days, failing which they would launch second phase of agitation. In this regard, the CSOs media cell said that they were compelled to call for partial bandh since the government failed to heed to their August 11 ultimatum.
During the bandh, the CSOs said that all government offices will remain closed except for district administration, medical and police personnel on duty.
Though prior information has been given to all HoDs and employees, the CSOs said attendance of every employee would be mandatory on the said day, failing which strict action would be taken against those absent. Further, the CSOs have also resolved to proceed with the next phase of “unrest agitation” if their demand was not fulfilled at the earliest.
It may also be recalled that the CSOs in its August 11 ultimatum mentioned that Pughoboto was one of the oldest sub-divisions in Nagaland, with about 23 government departments and over 1,100 government employees are present with monthly transaction of about Rs.3.5 crore.
However, due to non-availability of nationalized bank i.e SBI at Pughoboto town, they said about 25,000 account holders of Pughoboto sub-division were scattered in different branches causing inconvenience to the public.

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