Bhubaneswar, May 15 (LocalWire): Chairman of Odisha Gramya Bank (OGB) B Nayak today requested the director of finance department for timely support to government schemes and be an active partner in rebuilding Odisha.
He said the Bank suffered huge losses due to Fani. Out of 549 branches, 265 branches were affected by the cyclone and 143 branches were in the most-affected districts of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghapur and Kendrapara.
Odisha Gramya Bank, the premier regional rural bank of Odisha, is catering to the banking service through its vast network of 549 branches, 100 ATMs and 698 business correspondences in 13 districts including eight coastal districts.
Nayak in a letter said the connectivity through VSATs, radio frequency towers and lease lines were disrupted and needs replacement.
Also ATM services were affected and normalcy could be established in only a few branches.
Loss due to Fani has been estimated at approximately Rs 116.00 lakh as per the annexure, Nayak added.
‘We have taken all initiatives to restore normalcy in the functioning of all the affected branches and sensitised the staff to reach the expectation of state government at this juncture.
Task forces have been formed for day to day supervision. We are in constant touch with service providers to restore connectivity,’ he further added.
As many of our branches do not own generator sets, it became difficult to arrange them from local markets and we arranged the sets from nearby districts, Nayak said.
B Nayak later said, ‘As most of our operational districts are susceptible to natural calamities, apart from replacement of damaged infrastructure, there is urgent need to provide these branches in the rural areas with alternative source of connectivity and power supply for uninterrupted banking service.