May 9: With the upcoming local level elections just around the corner, employees of banks and microfinance have been found involved in preparation for the poll in Rautahat district. Employees of the state-owned Rastriya Banijya Bank, Nepal Bank, Agricultural Development Bank and Grameen Bikas Laghu Bittiya Sanstha Ltd have been deployed for the elections by the District Election Office, Rautahat.
The service of the financial sector has been affected after the staff were deployed for the elections. Service seekers who reached banks on Friday were deprived of prompt service as the employees of banks and financial institutions were reportedly attending the training given to the polling officer and assistant polling officer. The service seekers complained that the transactions and business were affected on Friday as the bank employees went for training. Meanwhile, the banks of the private sector were open on Friday.
Chief Election Officer of the District Election Office Chhote Lal Das claimed that the bank staff were deployed in such a way that it would not hinder their work. He claimed that the banks and financial institutions were asked to report immediately in case of any obstruction in the office. He said that only a small number of employees from banks and microfinance have been deployed for the poll. According to him, employees of banks and financial institutions were deployed in the previous election as well.