The Bank is committed to ethics, integrity, accountability and transparency. In order to ensure the highest standards are maintained in these aspects on an on-going basis and to provide safeguards to various stakeholders (including but not limited to shareholders, depositors and employees) the Bank has formulated a ‘Whistleblower Policy’. The Policy approved by the board provides stakeholders with an opportunity to address serious concerns arising from irregularities, malpractices and other misdemeanors , if any, committed by the Bank’s personnel by approaching a Committee of senior officials of the Bank, set-up specifically for the purpose (known as the Whistleblower Committee). Concerns relating to senior management & members of Whistleblower committee can be reported directly to the Audit Committee of the Board.
The Policy is intended to encourage stakeholders to report suspected or actual occurrence of illegal, unethical or inappropriate actions, behavior or practices by staff without fear of retribution. To ensure smooth flow and management of complaints under Whistleblower policy, a dedicated email ID; firstname.lastname@example.org has been set up. Complaints can be raised to this mail ID and the bank also accepts complaints from anonymous persons, hence complaints can be made without fear of revelation of identity. The Policy contains provisions protecting Whistleblowers from any unfair action prejudicial to their interest. The Audit Committee of the Board reviews, on a quarterly basis, a synopsis of the complaints received from the whistleblower mechanism and the resolution thereof. The Whistle Blower policy complies with the vigil mechanism as envisaged by the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules framed thereunder.