Bhawani Adhikari

Syangja, June 8:

The Nepal Bank Ltd’s local branch office, which averages Rs 25 million worth of transaction daily, has begun new services to facilitate clients from this week.

According to assistant manager of the branch office, Ram Prasad Aryal, remittance from abroad is being paid immediately with the help of fax, draft and TT using computer technology. Management of the office has improved and clients are being swiftly serviced. A significant change has been seen in the bank’s services for the last one week, Mahesh Kumar Shrestha, a renowned businessman in Syangja, said.

Established in 1961, the bank was looted by the Maoists in November 23, 2003 and transactions could not thrive since. The Maoists had looted Rs 30 million in cash and nearly 75 kgs of gold kept in the bank by clients as collateral.

The bank’s operations commenced following an improvement in the law and order situation in the district, bank’s branch manager, Lila Raj Dhakal, said. “Now it is no longer necessary to stand in queue for hours. The job gets done fast,” treasurer Rajendra Prasad Aryal, claimed. He, however, complained that the number of staff in back less than adequate.

“We have informed the central office. Hopefully, more employees will come soon,” he said. The bank will start to disburse loan payments once the adequate number of staff arrives, he said.