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State-owned banks suffer manpower crisis

  • Anisul Islam Noor
  • 12 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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State-owned banks suffer manpower crisis

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The state-owned 14 banks and financial institutions have been working with a shortage of manpower as several recruitment tests were held up since 2019.

Despite full preparation, the recruitment tests could not be taken due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said a senior official of the Bankers' Selection Committee Secretariat (BSCS).

BSCS is a dedicated wing of Bangladesh Bank (BB) for recruitments in the state-owned banks and FIs.

Md Serajul Islam, spokesperson of BB, said, “We work to ensure emergency financial service for the people despite the pandemic situation. But the BSCS cannot work in such kind of situation.”

“We will now announce the schedules for the recruitment tests after processing all the pending work as soon as possible,” he said.

 According to the BSCS, the recruitment circular was published earlier in 2019 for more than 2880 posts of senior officer, officer and cash officer. But the tests were postponed as the pandemic hit the country.

Usually, the state-owned banks and FIs inform formally about their manpower shortage to the BSCS in July every year. July is the first month of fiscal year in the country.

Then the BSCS publishes recruitment circulars in daily newspapers.

The committee prepares one merit list and a waiting list after written tests and viva voce.

Then the committee recommends appointment of the candidates through the process.

Meanwhile, consulting with the central bank, several state banks have move to recruit from the previous merit lists prepared in 2018 and 2019.

Janata Bank appointed 700 officers in different posts to meet its severe manpower shortage this year, sources concerned said.

BSCS is now busy scrutinizing the manpower shortage letters submitted by 14 banks and financial institutions to publish new recruitment circulars, the officials said.

BSCS has asked for additional manpower for itself to complete the pending work and handle the new recruitment tests, according to the sources.

 “We are now working with a shortage of manpower. For this, implementation of different target-based programmes is being hampered,” Janata Bank managing director Md. Abdus Salam Azad told the daily sun on Wednesday.

“The bank has a shortage of around 3000 manpower in different posts. We need around 700 senior officers, officers and cash officers immediately,” he added. 

A division and two big districts and zone offices of Janata Bank suffer severe manpower shortage despite some posts have been filled up by previous recruitments, said Azad, also the CEO of the bank.

“About 700 employees of the bank go for leave preparatory to retirement (LPR) every year. That’s why we need to make similar number of new recruitments to ensure smooth service,” Janata Bank MD said.

Other banks and financial institutions have also been facing severe manpower shortages.

The banks submitted several requirement notices to the BSCS. But the BSCS could not arrange the tests for recruitments since 2019.

BSCS is liable for manpower recruitment at the state-owned banks and FIs that include Sonali Bank Ltd, Janata Bank Ltd, Agrani Bank Ltd, Rupali Bank Ltd, Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd, BASIC Bank Ltd, Bangladesh Krishi Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank, Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation, Investment Corporation of Bangladesh, Karmasangstan Bank, Ansar-VDP Unnayan Bank, Probashi Kallyan Bank and Palli Sanchay Bank.

BSCS was established in September 2015.