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4 November, 2019 10:00:54 AM
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Govt creates scope of using banks by people: PM

BSS, Dhaka
Govt creates scope of using banks by people: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina poses for photograph after receiving blankets from the Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Saturday evening. Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser and Chairman of the IFIC Bank Salman F Rahman was also present on the occasion. photo: courtesy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government has created a scope of using banks by the people and both the state-owned and private banks are getting its benefits.  

“We’ve taken steps to build a habit of using banks among the people and they’re using the banks in various purposes like admission (at educational institutions), receiving healthcare and constructing houses,” she said.  Sheikh Hasina added “Both the state-owned and private banks are getting benefits from it.”

The prime minister made the remarks while receiving blankets from the Bangladesh Association of Banks (BAB) at her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital on Saturday evening.

Thirty six banks under the BAB donated 27 lakh pieces of blankets to the Prime Minister’s Relief and Welfare Fund through the function.  Reiterating that her aim is to ensure welfare of the people, Sheikh Hasina said she does not feel tired when she works for the people.  “When I work for the people, I don’t become tired … if people stay well, that is my great achievement,” she said.

IFIC Bank has donated 1,00,000 blankets to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Prime Minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser and Chairman of the IFIC Bank Salman F Rahman and Managing Director (Current Charge) Shah Md Moinuddin handed over the blankets to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban in the capital Saturday.

National BankLimited (NBL) donated 1,25,000 blankets to PM’s Relief Fund while United Commercial Bank Limited donated 1,50,000 blankets to the PM on the day.

Parveen Haque Sikder, director and EC Chairperson of NBL, and Ron Haque Sikder, director of NBL, handed over the blankets to the prime minister.  

Bazal Ahmed, vice-chairman of United Commercial Bank Limited, and Asifuzzaman Chowdhury, director of United Commercial Bank Limited, handed over blankets to the PM on behalf of the bank.

BAB Chairman Nazrul Islam Mazumdar spoke at the function, while PM’s Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman F Rahman and Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed were present, among others.  The prime minister said many things are written about the banks. “But those who have idea about it will not write so much … it’s also right that many (people) write with many intentions,” she said.  Sheikh Hasina continued on saying: “I’ll say that there is nothing to be worried about it. As you work much, the expectation of people will be more.” “There is nothing to be worried and if you run the banks honestly, there will not be any problem,” the premier added.

Sheikh Hasina said her government while giving licences to the private banks has made it mandatory to open their branches at upazila and district headquarters and fulfill corporate social responsibility (CSR). “There was no such system in the past,” she said.

The premier said some quarters had advised to close down the non-profitable branches of the state owned banks. “The World Bank had given such a prescription … but when we came to power we didn’t accept the prescription as economic activities are not equal in all regions,” she said.  Sheikh Hasina said the banks will make profit in the regions where economic activities are more and the banks will not make profit in those areas where economic activities are less.

“I’ll measure in totality. So why I’ll shut down banks, rather I’ll teach people about using of banks. That’s why we’ve created scope of opening bank account with Tk 10,” she said.

The prime minister thanked the private banks for extending their helping hands through their CSR programme.

“The government is providing assistance to the distressed humanity. But they’re being more benefitted when you come forward,” she said.  In this regard, Sheikh Hasina said economic condition of the people is improving gradually. “They’ll not need any assistance in future Insha Allah,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had liberated Bangladesh with a dream of establishing a developed and prosperous country.

“Bangabandhu couldn’t do it … but I’ve taken the responsibility of materialising his unfinished dream,” she said.

Highlighting the country’s tremendous development that took place in the last one decade, Sheikh Hasina put emphasis on keeping up the development spree.

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