New Delhi: The ministry of home affairs on March 24, 2020, had issued guidelines for essential service providers after PM Modi announced a 21-day lockdown. Banking being a part of the essential service category, the staff of various banks both PSB and private banks have been working through the 21-day lockdown which has been implemented to contain the spread of COVID-19.
According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) website — rbi.org.in– the banks will remain close for a total of 14 days in April 2020. This will include 9 region-specific festival holidays one second-Saturday and four Sundays.
Though all regular operations will remain closed during these 14 days, mobile and internet banking will remain functional as usual. Also, not necessarily ATM machines might disburse cash. So, to avoid such a situation one must keep some cash in case of an emergency.
April Bank Holidays list:
|April 1||Annual closing of banks|
|April 2||Ram Navami|
|April 6||Mahavir Jayanti|
|April 10||Good Friday|
|April 11||Second Saturday|
|April 13||Bihu /Bohag Bihu/Cheiraoba/Baisakhi|
|April 14||Ambedkar Jayanti/Bengali New Year’s Day/Tamil New Year’s Day/Bohag Bihu/Vishu|
|April 15||Bohag Bihu/Himachal Day|
|April 20||Garia Puja|
|April 25||Parshuram Jayanti|
Besides these 10 holidays, there will be 4 Sundays, which will be regular weekly offs for banking staff. Worth mentioning here is that during the region-specific holidays, banks of that particular region will remain closed while banks on other regions will remain operational.