Depositors’ money to be more secure under new act: BB

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Depositors’ money to be more secure under new act: BB
« on: February 27, 2020, 02:07:31 PM »
The Bangladesh Bank has said depositors’ money in banks and financial institutions will be more secure after implementation of proposed ‘Deposit Protection Act, 2020’.

BB's chief spokesperson M Serajul Islam came up with the statement while addressing a press conference at the Bangladesh Bank (BB) headquarters in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports BSS.

“The ‘Bank Company Act’ and the ‘Deposit Insurance Act’ ensure the security of depositors. If the new law is made effective, the depositors of the financial institutions and the scheduled banks will be more secure,” he said.

The central bank official also urged all not to be anxious or frightened by the reports published in the different media recently about provision of repayment of deposits from any bankrupt bank.

Under the existing law, he informed, if the central bank declare bankrupt to any bank, the depositors money will be paid from the ‘Deposit Insurance Trust Fund’ within a hundred and eighty days.

As per the deposited money in the current insurance fund, Serajul Islam said, 92 per cent depositors’ accounts are fully insured.

Moreover, he said, in the bank company act, there is a clear provision for repayment of all deposits from the assets of the bank in case a scheduled bank falls.

As per the proposed ‘Deposit Protection Act, he said, the government is likely to double the amount of insurance coverage. If the new provision will come to effect, about 96 per cent of the depositors will be fully insured, he added.

The BB chief spokesperson expected that 100 per cent deposit will be insured in future as the ‘Deposit Protection Trust Fund’ invests in the public Treasury bond sector and the profit from the investment and the premium paid by the scheduled banks increases day by day.

Sunjida Khan
Department of Business Administration
Faculty of Business & Economics