Govt creates scope of using banks by people: PM

DHAKA 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

here yesterday 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.

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.

The country's economy is now very strong and internationally, nobody now

sees Bangladesh in the eyes of neglect, she said.

The prime minister said her government has implemented the sixth five-year

plan and now we are executing the seventh five-year plan. We've started

work on framing the eighth five-year plan, she said.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has also adopted Delta Plan-2021 keeping

the impact of climate change and cyclones and floods as well as ensuring

beautiful life for the future generations in mind.

The BAB chairman informed that the private banks have taken a decision to

set up Mujib Corner in their respective banks ahead of the birth centenary

of Bangabandhu next year.

The BAB will establish Bangabandhu Chair at Rajshahi and Chattogram

Universities alongside taking massive programmes to celebrate the birth

centenary of the Father of the Nation, he said.

At the function, the Dutch-Bangla Bank has donated Tk 10 crore to the PM's

Relief and Welfare Fund for purchasing blankets.

Chairmen, managing directors and directors of the 36 private banks were

present on the occasion.

Earlier, the prime minister gave financial assistance of Taka 2.80 crore to

the Ansar-VDP members who died while performing duties in the last general

elections and upazila polls, as well as some party leaders and workers,

valiant freedom fighters and the August 21 grenade attack victims.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)