LEH, Sep 26: Reiterating J&K Bank’s unflinching commitment to the Ladakh UT’s economic growth and prosperity, MD & CEO Baldev Prakash called upon top public representatives including Chairman/CEC Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh, senior administration officials including Advisor to Lieutenant Governor besides interacting with the customers and the Bank staff during his four-day extensive visit of the Union territory.
Accompanied by Bank’s General Manager Sudhir Gupta and other senior officers of the Bank, Baldev Prakash travelled all the way from Srinagar to Leh and back to take stock of Bank’s affairs and services in Ladakh.
During his meeting with Chairman and CEC, LAHDC Advocate Tashi Gyalson, Badev Prakash said, “People of Ladakh remain very dear to us and we remain committed to their financial empowerment and economic development by maintaining an extensive network of branches, Easy Banking Units and ATMs across the UT to serve them well.”
“Recently, we concluded a special recruitment drive for Ladakh wherein sufficient number of locals were employed and we plan to roll-out digital initiatives like PhonePe loan and insurance coverage to Government employees soon in the UT”, he informed CEC, while requesting the Council to strengthen the relations further between the people and the Bank.
During his meeting with the Advisor to LG of Ladakh Umang Narula at Leh Civil Secretariat, Baldev Prakash said, “The main purpose of my visit to Ladakh is to cement and further enhance our relationship with the Ladakh Government – our important share-holder – by partnering in the socio-economic growth and development of the people of Ladakh.”
While emphasizing upon the importance of digitization of banking and financial services for improving financial inclusion and facilitation of tourists, Umang Narula, Advisor to LG urged the Bank’s leadership to augment their ATM network by installing new machines at tourist spots in rural areas and other locations.
MD & CEO J&K Bank also held separate meetings with Commissioner Secretary (GAD) A K Sahu, Principal Secretary Dr Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Saugat Biswas (IAS) and other senior administration officials.
Flanked by General Manager Sudhir Gupta and Zonal Head Ladakh Angchuk Dorjey, MD & CEO Baldev Prakash also chaired a customer meet held at Hotel Zen wherein representatives of hoteliers, contractors, traders, transporters, manufacturers, Government employees etc. interacted with him and put forth some valuable suggestions to further improve bank’s services and footprint in the UT.
Meanwhile, during the visit, MD & CEO also felicitated top ten branches of Ladakh zone for their outstanding performance.