The holiday season, coupled with annual closing of accounts for the financial year from March 28 right through the next week till April 5 will result in a lot disruption in financial transactions in the stock markets, normal commercial deals, export shipments, import consignments and salary payments, industry body noted with concern.
March 28 is holiday on account of Ram Nawami followed by Sunday. Then the banks open on March 30 for a day for public and would be out of reach for the general public on March 31 and April 1 due to annual closing. On April 2, the banks along with government offices remain shut because of Mahavir Jayanti to be followed by Good Friday on April 3. On the following day, banks work for a couple of hours on Saturday to be followed by Sunday on April 6.
So, virtually from March 28 till April 6, the banking transactions are going to be affected. ”We would urge the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to step in and advise the banks to make some arrangements. With the government being the majority owners of the public sector banks, the Finance Ministry should also prevail on the bank managements to avoid this kind of huge customer inconvenience and widespread disruption to the business environment,” Assocham’s Secretary General D.S. Rawat said in a statement.
He said, on the one hand, the government wants the economy to be captured in a formal financial architecture, on the other “this financial architecture is used to long holidays. Now this is not the vibrant business and economic environment which can make India a financial hub.”