It is believed that the decision to grant a weekly holiday on Fridays was taken to facilitate the local minority population living in and around Govandi in the northeastern suburbs of the city. However, bank officials have not commented on the decision, although it has already caused controversy.
From Sunday to Thursday, business hours will be normal – daily from 10 am to 4 pm, the announcement further states.
The decision drew strong reactions on social media with objections to the Friday closure to accommodate “the demands of the local demographic”. Some people even accused the bank of trying to implement the rules of “law”.
“SBI Govandi Branch is closed on Friday – ‘JUMMA DAY’ – As per the ‘Demographic’ Demands of this Area..!! SHARIA is closer than we think,” a Twitter user Rajpal Dhular said while sharing the alert. issued by the bank.
Another twitter user also asked if the bank is “Sharia compliant”?
Citizens asked the bank to withdraw the decision immediately. “This decision should be canceled immediately.
Due to pressure from the minority community living around SBI’s Govandi branch, this bank branch will remain closed on Friday,” said another user Alok.
However, it is also pointed out that the arrangement of weekend holidays is not entirely new for banks in Mumbai. Some branches of some other banks in the city and some other parts of the country also offer half-day work on Sundays — which is compensated by all the Saturdays off for the convenience of the local people.