|Published : 10 Mar 2017, 18:24:27|
Rural people to get banking services through UDCs in Rajshahi
From now on, the rural masses will get banking services through Union Digital Centres (UDCs) after the best uses of agent banking activities in the district.
Madhumati Bank Limited will provide agent banking privileges to this end. For the purpose, senior officers of the bank signed a memorandum of understanding with entrepreneurs of eight UDCs under Paba Upazila and one under Godagari Upazila at Paba Upazila Parishad hall room in Rajshahi on Thursday afternoon.
Under the agreement, the rural people including the underprivileged ones can avail the scopes of various banking services including account opening, money transection and transfer, utility bill payment, foreign remittance and balance checking.
Ayen Uddin, MP, and Senior Vice President (Agent Banking) of Madhumati Bank Mukhlesur Rahman addressed the ceremony as chief and special guests respectively with Upazila Nirbahi Officer Selim Hossain in the chair.
Upazilla Chairman Begum Khairunnessa and Vice chairman Ashraful Haque, branch manager of the bank Kollor Hossain and Huzripara UDC Entrepreneur Ziaul Haque also spoke.
Chief Guest Ayen Uddin said the present government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has digitalised Bangladesh Bank and other banking system in the country to materialise the dream of digital Bangladesh.
The grassroots people including the disadvantaged ones can take banking services from UDCs with breakthrough of launching agent banking there.
He said financial inclusion has become an urgent need for making the country's economy more vibrant along with poverty-free Bangladesh in the present context of global economy.
Lawmaker Ayen Uddin viewed financial inclusion as an important tool for attacking poverty as it is important on all three dimensions of opportunity, empowerment and security. So, there is no alternative to expand the banking coverage particularly in the rural areas.
As a whole, he said financial inclusion is good and win-win for all the stakeholders including poor, banks, government and economy. It is not just a public good but a merit good. -BSS