DHAKA: Noble Professor Dr Muhammad Yunus, also founder of Grameen Bank (GB) Thursday termed ‘August 23’ as a black day.
Being disappointed to the government’s latest move, Yunus uttered the dissatisfaction on Thursday in a statement immediate after the government published a gazette notification of the Grameen Bank Ordinance-2012 (Amendment).
He said in the statement: “The day will remain branded as a black day in the nation’s history. The government has turned the Noble-winning institution (Garmeen Bank) into a different one snatching its distinctiveness…I don’t have the ability to bear the pain.”
The eminent economist also said, “From now on, the bank owned by the poor women will be run with the direct or indirect influence of the government.”
“I can’t summon words to express my sorrow,” he mentione in the statement.
On August 2, the government has approved the draft Grameen Bank Ordinance-2012 (Amendment) with the provision of giving more authority to chairman in appointing managing director (MD).
The approval came from a cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Thursday.
Under the draft ordinance, the authority of the chairman has been increased and he will appoint managing director after consultation with selection board.
Prior to the approval, the Grameen Bank selection board has authority to choose the managing director.
Besides, the cabinet also questioned about the validity of holding MD post by Dr Muhammad Yunus after expiring job age 60 which fixed by the Supreme Court.
Apart from this, it queried about amount of money that Dr Yunus took from the bank as per his salary and allowance during his job period and its’ validity.
Department of Bank and Financial Institutions were asked to inform the cabinet regarding the matter.
The cabinet also questioned that how much money brought by Dr Yunus from abroad under Wage Earner during he was MD of the bank.
Whether the money bringing would be considered as illegal, its amount, whether any age earner tax facility took in bringing the money and how much it.
BDST: 2145 HRS, AUG 23, 2012
Edited by: Muhammed Humayun Kabir, Sr Newsroom Editor/ M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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