An all-woman bank to open in Patna

PATNA: Here’s a good news for the women who believe banking is not their cup of tea: In a first in Patna, an all-woman branch of nationalized Bank of Baroda (BoB) is opening at Gola Road on Monday.

From branch manager to peon – every officer and employee of this branch will be a woman. It will, however, not turn away male customers. “But the fact remains the all-woman branch aims to reach those, especially women, who have till now found banking a complicated task and had been hesitant to put their queries before male bankers regarding how to utilize their money in the right manner,” said BoB’s Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha zone general manager Arun Kumar. Added Gola Road branch’s joint manager Malvika Singh: For our women customers, visiting this branch will be like visiting their friends.

Asked if they were sure of good response from the fair sex, branch head Anjali Sinha said they had been involved in the groundwork for past ten days and quite a number of women from the neighbourhood had already opened accounts. “Morning shows the day,” the 2010-batch probationary officer (PO) smilingly added.

A Hazaribagh native, Anjali had dreamt of becoming a civil servant. But now she credits her good luck that the idea of becoming a banker struck her midway. Daughter of a Kendriya Vidyalaya principal Rajkumar Sinha and homemaker Manju Sinha, she has done postgraduation in economics from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Malvika is a Patnaite. An alumna of St Karen’s Secondary School, she aspired to become a doctor like her dad Dr Kamala Kant Singh. But after finishing twelfth grade from a DPS in Delhi, she realized she wanted to become a banker instead. The Delhi University grad cracked the PO exam in 2012.

The branch will have an ATM and a coin vending machine. Besides the two officers, to start with, a woman clerk and a woman peon have been transferred to the all-woman branch. More personnel will be identified and shifted to the new branch soon. On the day of inauguration, scheduled to be done by BoB’s CMD S S Mundra, the branch will finance 12 autos for women drivers without asking for security from them.

The 12 women auto drivers, in another first for Patna, will soon be seen ferrying passengers on the city roads.

Source: Times of India

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