State Bank of India Officers’ Association (Chandigarh Circle) has completed 3 decades of its momentous and glorious presence after it came into existence in the year 1979 with the carving out of Chandigarh Circle out of Delhi Circle. The association was registered at Chandigarh bearing registration no. is 186/79 under Trade union act 1927 with Com. N. L. Sikka & Com. N. S. Dhamoon being its 1st President & General Secretary respectively. Since then it has never looked back. The Circle Association is proud to be an affiliate to All India State Bank Officers’ Federation, a pioneer in the trade union movement of Officers’ Community in the Country. AISBOF was founded in year 1969 and it represents more than 80,000 officers of SBI and its Associates. The officers’ movement under the banner of AISBOF is a saga of success, struggles, sacrifices and inspiration to teeming millions of professionals, supervisors, managers, executives and those who are not protected under the industrial disputes or trade unions act. The Federation is affiliated to All India Bank Officers’ Confederation, which is largest Trade Union of Officers in the entire world representing more than 2,10,000 officers of Banking Industry . At present, a militant and vibrant Circle Association having a membership of more than 5300 is led by Com. D P S Chhabra and Com. D. K. Sharma as President & General Secretary respectively.
The Circle Association is committed to the welfare of its membership as well as organization with the slogan “SBIOA-Zindabad SBI-Zindabad”. It created history by unanimously electing entire team of office bearers for the term 2000-2003 and repeated it for the term 2006-2009. It was the matter of great honor for the Association when it’s then General Secretary,Comrade Amar Pal was being elevated as the President of AISBOF as well as General Secretary of AIBOC. Another feather in the cap of the circle association was the appointment of Comrade Amar Pal as Officer-Director, on the Central Board of State Bank of India.
The official Magazine of SBIOA viz. “Bank Officers’ Mail” is very popular amongst its members because of its useful contents concerning them. The monthly subscription of Circle Association for organizational activities is Rs. 50/= per month which is lowest in comparison to all circles. The members of association are also subscribing an additional sum of Rs 100/= per month towards Benevolent Fund, out of which an amount of Rs. 2 lacs is immediately delivered to the bereaved family of an officer in the event of unfortunate demise. We are maintaining guest houses at Shimla, Chandigarh, Manali and Jammu. Recently, we have constructed our own beautiful, spacious, decent 10 bed room Guest House in the heart of City Beautiful in Sector 19 which will be made available to members shortly. Circle Association is also running a Credit & Thrift Society and an Educational Society for the welfare of membership.
Chandigarh Circle Association has always been standing by the call of the Federation and ensured success in all the organizational programmes/activities. We are a part of the historic indefinite strike of 7 days from 3rd April to 9th April 2006 – a golden chapter in any militant struggle. At Circle level, we implemented two agitational programmes in a befitting manner. In 13 days long agitational programme in year 2009 against staff shortage, our militant membership forced the Corporate Centre to request the Federation to withdraw the agitation in Chandigarh circle with a commitment to provide adequate staff and proper infrastructure in the branches. The “17th January 2011” will be written in golden letters in the History of trade union movement when the representatives of the Management and of Circle Association signed the “Memorandum of Understanding” thereby paving the way for putting a halt to the month long successful agitation and withdrawal of Circle level strike scheduled for 24/01/2011. Red Salute and Kudos to the committed, vigilant and militant membership of Chandigarh Circle for always rallying behind the leadership and spreading a message of solidarity and unity across the country.