Banks in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday until May 15 will be operational for just 4 hours per day. The timings are from 10 am to 2 pm.
A decision to this effect was taken in view of the surge in Covid cases at a meeting of the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) held via video conferencing on Wednesday.
For internal work, banks will remain open till 4 pm said SLBC officials. The decision can further be extended after assessment of the Covid 19 situation.
The United Forum of Banks Union spokesperson, Anil Tiwari, said: "The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to protect bank employees. Only 50 per cent of the staff will work daily on a rotation basis. The new rule will be implemented in all public and private banks from Thursday."
SLBC is a state level body comprising general managers and senior employees of public and private banks in Uttar Pradesh.