Kolkata: As per a report by The Hindu, the State Bank of India’s Kolkata circle has not been affected by ransom-ware and there has been no disruption in ATM services either, a top official said.
Partha Pratim Sengupta, Chief General Manager, Kolkata circle, SBI, said around 1,000 ATMs in the circle need to be recalibrated with the necessary software upgrades, while over 2,000 have already been updated.
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Currently, all SBI ATMs and systems — for regular banking operations and transactions — in the circle are working and have not been hit by the malware, said Sengupta. The Kolkata circle includes West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
“We are in talks on how to upgrade the ATMs so that there is minimum inconvenience to the customers. Either the upgrade can be done at the back-end, or we go to each machine (ATM) and upgrade it. “In case of the second option, the ATMs will have to be closed during the recalibration period. But it will be for a few minutes,” he told newspersons.
To promote affordable housing, Sengupta said home loan rates have been cut by 25 basis points to 8.35 per cent for women, and to 8.40 per cent for others. A similar 25 bps cut has also been announced for builders. In the Kolkata circle, the SBI is partnering 300 builders, including 14 who are into affordable housing.
“We are keen to tap the youth employed in the IT sector as well as government employees like primary school teachers,” Sengupta said.
In FY17, the bank’s outstanding home loan portfolio in the circle stood at Rs. 11,450 crore.