BB asked to keep bank branches open at night during Ramadan

DHAKA: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Saturday urged the Bangladesh Bank to take a step to keep bank branches near shopping malls and markets open at night during Ramadan to facilitate businesspeople, reports UNB.
The minister advocated for the nighttime banking as he said the money flow increases in markets and shopping malls at night during the fasting month.
The home minister made the request while addressing a views-exchange meeting on the role of businesspeople and law enforcement agencies in controlling the prices of essential commodities during the upcoming Ramadan.
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industries (DCCI) organised the programme at its conference room in the city.
Asaduzzaman said the police will remain ready to escort and ensure the security of businesspeople while carrying money from one place to another.
Besides, he said, police will also ensure round-the-clock security in markets and shopping malls during Ramadan.
The minister urged the businessmen to inform police about extortionists, if they presume anyone, so that they can take stern action instantly.
He said the government wants the businessmen to run their businesses without any fear and interruption as the wheels of the country’s economy will roll if they can do their business properly.
About extortion in transport sector, Asaduzzaman said, “It’s true we could not bring the extortion to zero level, but we’ve brought it down significantly.”
He said the capability of highway police has strengthened to check extortion on highways.
The minister also said the highway police will work round the clock during the last seven days of Ramadan to keep the public roads safe as most of the eid holidaymakers leave cities for their village homes at that time.
Chaired by DCCI president Hossain Khaled, the meeting was addressed, among others, by DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia, DCCI’s senior vice president Humayun Rashid, Edible Oil Traders Association president Gulam Mawla and Sugar Traders Association assistant vice president and FBCCI member Abu Motaleb.
Chairman of Dhaka University’s Criminology department Prof Dr Zia Rahman presented the keynote paper at the programme.