Bangladesh Association of Bankers (BAB), investors in export processing zones and country’s leading business entities have donated money to three benevolent organisations dedicated for social welfare, education and autism.
The three organisations are Jatir Janak Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Memorial Trust, PM's Education Assistance Trust Fund and Suchna Foundation, an organisation led by PM's daughter Saima Hossain, dedicated to the autistic people.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the cheques of the donations from the representatives of the donors at her Ganabhaban residence in the capital Monday evening.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, FBCCI president Abdul Matlub Ahmed, and BAB president Nazrul Islam Majumder were present, among others.
The donors include Executive Chairman of BEPZA Major General Muhammad Habibur Rahman Khan, director of Pacific Zeans Syed Mohamamd Tanvir, Managing Director of Smart Group of Industries Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of Evergreen Group Chang Yoe Chong Felix, Nilesh Zain of Kun Tong Apparels Ltd, Prem Sony of Apic Garments Manufacturing Co Ltd, Sharif Jahir of Ananta Group, Jalal Ahmed of Qatar Marble Co BD Ltd and Chairman of United Power Generation and Distribution Co Ltd former army chief General Abul Mubeen (retd).
Managing Director of Basundhara Group Sayem Sobhan, Chairman of Amin Mohammad Group M M Enamul Haque, Chairman of Aman Group Rafiqul Islam, President of REHAB Alamgir Shamsul Alamin, Managing Director (MD) of Anwar Group of Industries Manwar Hossain, Managing Director (MD) of UNIQUE Group Md. Noor Ali, Managing Director (MD) of DESH Energy Navidul Huq, chairman of Innoventure Ptv.Ltd Chowdhury Nafeez Sarafat, Meghna Group, FBCCI President Abdul Matlub Ahmed, Jitendra Bahadur, country head of Bangladesh TATA Motors, Chairman of Bengal Group and RTV Morshed Alam, Chairman of Crown Cement Group Jahangir Alam also donated money.
Extending her thanks to the bankers and the other donors for the donation, the Prime Minister said her government is making efforts to make education affordable for every people. The government has created the education trust fund in this regard.
"We have started the trust fund with government fund of Taka 1000 crore. We want active participation of the private sector to promote welfare activities," she said adding that all support to education and autistic people would enjoy tax exemption.
Sheikh Hasina praised the role of private banks in strengthening country's economy saying private banks have played vital role in employment generation and boosting country's economy.