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.