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TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2020, 12:49 IST






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CHENNAI: The Madras high court has made it clear that the right to admit a nationalised bank employee as a member of a particular union vests with the union concerned and that the bank has no say over it.
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Justice K Ravichandrabaabu made the observation while modifying a circular issued by the Union finance ministry directing all the nationalised banks to facilitate auto deduction of membership subscription of employees’ unions from the salary of their staff.
Disposing of the pleas moved by Canara Bank Employees Union and Canara BankOfficers Association, the court said such banks cannot auto debit such subscription fee without the concurrence of the union/association concerned.

The issue pertains to a circular issued by the finance ministry dated November 25, 2019 to all nationalised banks regarding online facility for recording/modifying employee mandate for deduction of association membership subscription from salary.
Claiming that the circular is against the basic tenets of trade union rights to admit the members and regulate the same, the associations has approached the court seeking to quash the circular.
“By enabling auto admission of members by accepting their subscription fee automatically from their salary, the union concerned is deprived of its right to accept or reject membership of an individual applicant on valid grounds,” the petitioners said.
Responding to the plea, the finance ministry submitted that the ultimate deduction from the salary of an employee towards subscription of union is only at his/her written request and not at the request of the union.

Such request for deduction of subscription from salary was hitherto submitted in physical format which is now digitalised, and the employees are advised to submit the same through their office application. The said guidelines are only to align with the advent of technology and seamless movement of such request and for immediate implementation of such request of deduction of subscription and therefore, there is no violation of any legal right of the petitioner, the ministry said.
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The final word is the bank employee’s, to be or not to be a union member. The Bank Union accepting or rejecting his membership, is secondary. I do not see bank interference in Union membership.Venkatesan
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CITYOver nine lakh visitors so far, publishers laugh all the way to the bank
TNN | Updated: Jan 19, 2020, 12:53 IST






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Visitors at a stall at YMCA Grounds, Nandanam on Saturday
CHENNAI: Non-fictions, current affairs, children’s books, environment and ecology are some of the titles seeing a lot of demand at the 43rd Chennai Book Fair. As the fair entered the 10th day on Saturday, many publishers and book sellers said sales have exceeded compared to last year.
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The Booksellers and Publishers’ Association of South India (BAPASI) said 9lakh to 10lakh people have visited the fair so far.
Sahitya Akademi winning novel “Sool” by Cho Dharman is one of the favourites. “So far, we have sold more than 6,000 copies. We expect the number to cross 10,000 before the end of the fair,” said Sadhiq, a publisher of the book. He said the sale of books at his stall almost doubled compared to the previous year.

“Non-fiction books including history, social issues, and current affairs are moving out fast,” said writer and publisher S Ramakrishnan. He said lack of marketing and space for selling books are a major concern for the publishers. “Top institutions Anna University and IIT Madras do not have a separate book store for students who want to study beyond textbooks. The government should consider opening book shops in all districts on the line of Amma canteens and sell books at subsidized rates,” he suggested.
BAPASI president R S Shanmugam said so far, footfalls at the fair has seen an increase of 30% compared to last year and people’s interest in books has increased in the last few years.
However, Parthi Balu of Vasaka Saalai publishing house said greater footfalls may not translate into sale of books.
Manikandan, one of the publishers of children books, said the sale of children’s literature is brisk.

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Reading good Books is not only a habit, but it can even transform the reader’s life. But how all the titled books available is unable to contain/control crimes, especially rape and murder? Is there any single book titled and sold how to commit crime? But in the Internet all such techniques are available to educate the viewers / readers. Secondly, viewers of such Internet site may not have time to read any published books. In the Internet even spiritual teachings are also freely available, but ants are attracted to sweets only. Reports confirmed a writer was arrested and even the organizers banned him to sell his book, as the content of his book was against the Government. Is this logical and legal? If the content was against the government, then how the book was published in the first instance? Against government every opposition party leaders speak in public, as well in media, but why no action taken? When the Indian constitution declares that Law is equal, then Law enforcing authorities have to obey the constitution first and last. Hope at least in future the Law Enforcing authorities are careful in obeying the law of the land. On the other hand the Organizers have totally failed to support the FREEDOM OF SPEECH, guaranteed in the Indian constitution by expelling a Writer and Publisher of a book, from the 43rd Book Fair. Is this logical and legal? TRUTHS ARE THE SIMPLEST.Joseph Anandaraj
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