Govt to accept GB chair’s resignation: Muhith
US wants acceptable replacementStaff Correspondent
The government will accept the resignation of Grameen Bank chairman Mozammel Haque who quit last week on health ground.
Bank and financial institution division secretary Aslamul Alam told New Age on Sunday that Mozammel had tendered his resignation to the finance minister on Monday.
The matter would be settled soon, he said.
Muhith in an interview with private TV network Channel-i said that the resignation will not affect the Nobel peace prize winning micro-credit institution.
He said that the government would soon appoint a new chairman of GB.
Meanwhile, the United States in its reaction over the resignation told New Age that it supports the continued effectiveness and integrity of Grameen Bank as an institution that promotes the welfare and development of Bangladesh’s most vulnerable people, particularly women.
‘We also support the continuation of the Bank’s unique governance structure. We look forward to the selection of a highly qualified and acceptable Managing Director and a new chairman who are committed to sustaining the Bank’s success,’ a spokesperson for the US embassy in Dhaka said.
Mozammel tendered his resignation five months before the expiry of his three year contract.
He was appointed GB chairman in January 2011.
He offered his resignation ahead of the much-talked-about report a government appointed commission is expected to submit on GB.
In May 2012, the government appointed the commission entrusting it to make recommendations on strengthening the GB.
Led by former secretary Mamunur Rashid the three–member commission in last February submitted an interim report to the government.
Officials said that the commission was expected to submit the report anytime this month.
Before tendering his resignation Mozammel told reporters that Grameen Bank needed ‘no reforms.’
He said the government should track down the whereabouts of the revenue earnings of GrameenPhone, a certain portion of which should be deposited with the GB.
GB never received any money from GrameenPhone, he told reporters after a meeting he recently had with finance minister Muhith at the latter’s office.
‘The amount would be no less than Tk 10,000 crore,’ he added.
Meanwhile, Yunus Centre has protested at Mozammel’s statement to the media and described the amount he mentioned as having no basis.
Yunus Centre said Grameen Telecom received Tk 2,768 crore in revenue for the 34.20 per cent of the stakes it has in Grameen Phone, the country’s biggest cell phone company.
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