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Marginalized population access to green banking services stressed

RAJSHAHI, May 18, 2017 (BSS) - Development activists and volunteers here have stressed on marginalized population access to green banking services for promotion of renewable energies in grassroots level.

They advocated for making the existing bank loan conditions towards solar system, biogas plant, vermicomposting and dairy and cattle farming easy so that the marginal people can derive total benefits of the loans.

They were addressing a public dialogue styled "Marginalized Population Access to Green Banking Services" held at BRDB conference hall of Tanore Upazila Parishad in the district yesterday.

Tanore Upazila administration and Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), a collective initiative for participatory research, policy advocacy and campaign, jointly organized the dialogue.

With Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shawkat Ali in the chair, Shahidul Islam, Researcher and Barind Regional Coordinator of BARCIK, said Bangladesh Bank has introduced green banking in the country for the first time to save the nature and environment.

He opined that there are enormous prospects of promoting renewable energies through the best uses of existing natural resources in the barind region.

UNO Shawkat Ali said availability of energy from different sources is vital for the present life in meeting the challenge of the ever-increasing demand for energy. Instead of depending on only the fossil fuel emphasis should be given on enriching the renewable energy sources to face the energy challenges.

He underlined the need for wide-ranging use of energy efficient products to reduce the existing pressure on power demands. He laid stress on using energy efficient electrical appliances to reduce electricity cost coupled with energy conservation which is essential for addressing the energy crises.

Local branch manager of Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank Alamgir said his bank has approved a policy guideline for launching green banking aimed at freeing the environment from pollution.

Dutch Bangla Online Banking Service Provider Asim Kumar Sarker, national environment award winning farmer Yousuf Ali Mollah and eco-friendly vegetable farmer Abdul Hamid also spoke on the occasion.