Bhubaneswar, Feb 10:
Niranjan Jogania, the first Odia to be elected Chairman of All India Punjab National Bank Officers’ Association, was felicitated by members of the banking industry in the state at a function in KIIT campus on Sunday.
After an illustrious, 33-year long career in the banking industry, during which he held important positions in several national level bank officers’ associations, retired on January 31 last.
Accepting the felicitations of his colleagues in the banking industry, friends and well wishers, a grateful Jogania said he was overwhelmed by the love and affection showered on him by so many people.
“I hope the current growth of Punjab National Bank (PNB) will continue in future too,” said the man under whose leadership PNB witnessed phenomenal growth in the state. “Bank comes first and only then comes Association,” he said.
In his acceptance speech, Jogania said he had always treated his work in various banking associations as social work, for which he was inspired by his late grandfather, and not just part of trade union activities.
The veteran trade unionist politely declined to accept a cheque for Rs 5 lakh presented to him on the occasion by the Odisha chapter of All India Punjab National Bank Officers’ Association (AIPNBOA) and requested that the money be given to either the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund or some NGO to be used for the welfare of the down trodden. He also asked the organisers to felicitate two of his most trusted lieutenants, neither of whom is an officer.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest and Health Minister Damodar Rout recalled the humble origins of Jogania, who rose from a poor family in a non-descript village in Jagatsinghpur district to national recognition as a man committed to the cause of the banking industry. “Aim for social recognition; don’t run after money like Jogania has done all his life,” he exhorted the assembled crowd.
Achyuta Samanta, founder of KIIT and KISS, acknowledged the immense contribution of PNB at a crucial stage in the evolution of the premier institution. “A Rs 25 lakh loan given by PNB in 1995 without any collateral security or guarantee was the turning point in the growth of KIIT. Had it not been for that loan, KIIT would not have grown to be the institution that it is today,” he said.
Kshamanidhi Mishra, president of the Bhubaneswar circle of AIPNBOA read out the citation while Pramod Kumar Mekap, its secretary conducted the day-long programme in which hundreds of people, including many from Jogania’s native village Pandua and nearby areas, participated.