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February 11th, 2012

Why do some banks in India make entry so difficult ? Literally

Every time I go into my local branch of Syndicate Bank in south Delhi, I get irritated by the grilles that are always partly pulled out and fastened with a chain, making entry difficult.

ICICI (a private bank) slap bang next door has nothing like this.

State Bank of India on the other side, also a nationalised bank, has similar grilles.

According to my hubby, who should know, since he is a retired banker, the country’s nationalised banks are required to have these grilles for security reasons. I tried google-ing it, but without any joy.

Yet I also have a very vague memory of being told once that the nationalised banks are now required NOT to have said grilles because women in saris can’t get through – such an Indian response, that,

Would welcome your thoughts and pointers to any printed rules on the subject.
In the meantime, it’s downright irritating.


2 comments to Why do some banks in India make entry so difficult ? Literally

  • Just in case there’s a bank robbery, the robbers won’t be able to escape in a jiffy. I don’t know if you noticed an old security guard with an even older rifle – that chap would need some time to get his rifle working 🙂

  • christine

    Yes, so right – there is ALWAYS an elderly security guard with a rifle that looks as though it belongs in a museum 🙂

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