Bangladesh Bank today asked banks to pay conveyance to their officials during strict restriction that began on April 14 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The central bank's directive came as many bankers face hassle to get transport to go to their respective branches due to curb on the vehicular movement.
Besides, the bankers have to count higher expenses than normal days due to the shortage of transport.
Some 1.83 lakh people work in the banking sector and a good number of bankers shared the issue of transport problems with The Daily Star since the government announced the latest restriction.
The bankers faced similar trouble in attending office after the government enforced shutdown at the end of March last year.
Bangladesh Bank (BB) said banks will ensure transport facilities for their employees on their own arrangement. In case of the inability of banks to arrange transport, the BB said, banks will require to give conveyance rationally taking into consideration of the real expenses for transport during the period of strict restriction.
Banks will take approval from their own board in this regard, Bangladesh Bank said in a circular.
The central bank also said the directive will be effective during the period of restriction on movement since April 14.
"It is a very good initiative. We will feel more motivated to serve because of the decision," said a banker who has to count more than Tk 400 daily to go to the bank branch near Gulshan-2 from his residence at Pallabi of Dhaka's Mirpur area due to lack of transport during the restrictions.
On normal business days, he would spend a maximum Tk 100 daily as a conveyance to and from his office.
At present, branches of banks, depending on location and type of services, are opened from 10 to 1 pm to provide services to clients.