Scores of inhabitants from Gutlibagh-Wailoo-Wooder central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Tuesday expressed their resentment against Jammu And Kashmir Bank administration for not fulfilling their long-pending demand for a branch in the area for more than ten years.
Residents from various villages from Gutlibagh raising their concern told Rising Kashmir that their long-pending demand for a JK Bank branch has not been met as they have to cover a long distance for any monetary transaction.
As per the locals, the area comprises sixteen villages including Chanahar A, Chanahar B, Wailoo A, and B, Nagarbagh Payeen-Bala, Banjarbasti, Bailobala, and other adjoining villages.
A local and also chairman social audit committee, Hakeem Snowbar Khan, said that the villagers had faced lots of hardship for any monetary transaction as they had to cover the distance of eight-kilometer (km) to the Nunar JK Bank branch.
“We have been promised under the back to village scheme by different government officials from time to time for setting up a bank branch, but the promise is yet to be fulfilled,” he said.
Khan said people belonging to different villages from various occupations deal with many small scale businesses which include fruit growers (walnut), artisans, employees, laborers, contractors, pensioners and particularly women working under the Umeed scheme.
Bibi Sakeena, a resident of GutliBagh-Wailoo-Wooder , who also heads ten groups of the female crew of artisans under Umeed scheme said that except their village, every other village which falls under eight to 10 km in the range has been allotted bank branch.
“We have to cover a long distance to deposit or withdraw money from the bank. Why this discrimination with us," Sakeena said.
Another resident of Gutlibagh and also cluster head Umeed scheme Gulbadan said that there are nearly 2000 girls working under the scheme from sixteen villages holding bank accounts in Nunar branch.
“The site for construction for the JK Bank branch building was selected mutually by the locals and government officials in Gutlibagh-Wailoo-Wooder. But no construction has taken place since then,” the resident said.
Villagers from these villages appealed to the Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha for his intervention in the issue so that their long-pending demand is fulfilled.
Meanwhile, secretary to chairman, J&K Bank, Karanjeet Singh told Rising Kashmir, that there is a plan for establishing an ultra-small branch of JK bank in near future.
“JK bank has a shortage of staff for which recruitment process in process. The notification has been published recently,” he said. "As soon as recruitment is finished, we will open a bank branch there."