Bank holidays: In the festive month of November, public and private banks across India will remain closed for eight days on account of various bank holidays. The list of holidays includes five Sundays and two Saturdays apart from holidays on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The bank branches will remain closed on November 14 (Saturday) for Diwali Amavasya (Laxmi Pujan)/ Kali Pujan, while it will remain shut on November 30 (Monday) on the eve of Guru Nanak Jayanti/ Kartika Purnima/ Tahasa Purnima.
Bank closures for 11 days in November in 30 days can bring problems for customers. So customers should be alert beforehand and do their important work before the holiday. Despite such holidays, the pain for the bank employees is that Diwali and Perewa are two holidays due to the second Saturday and Sunday.
Although the bank employees were already aware of the rest of the holiday, due to the by-election of Ghatampur assembly constituency, a leave of 3 November has been granted. Apart from this, the All India Bank Employees Association has also announced the strike of 26 November in October. Negotiations are still going on for this strike. This month, banks will be closed for three consecutive days on the 14th, 15th, and 16th, while on the 28th, 29th and 30th, banks will be closed for three consecutive days.
According to the RBI Bank Holiday list for November 2020, the maximum number of holidays is on Diwali and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
The holiday list, however, is subject to change as bank holidays vary from states to states and are not observed by all banks. Banks in Ahmedabad, Belapur, Bengaliri, Gangtok, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mumbai, and Nagpur will remain closed on November 16 for Bhaidooi/ Chitragupt Jayanti/ Vikram Samvat New Year Day. In Bihar, banks will remain closed on November 20 and 21 for Chhath Puja, while it will not open on November 23 in Shillong for Seng Kutsnem.
Customers are advised to visit their respective bank branches to know about the working days of banks in their region.
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