Banks start electronic fund transfer Feb 24
Banks will introduce an electronic fund transfer system on February 24 to speed up transactions and payment, the central bank said yesterday.
The system will be introduced under the central bank's automated clearinghouse project. With the automation, the corporate entities will be able to make faster payment of salaries to employees and make refund warrants in the case of initial public offerings and company dividends.
It will also take remittance and various government allowances such as those for freedom fighters, widows and elderly, easily to the beneficiaries. People will also be able to use the system to pay utility bills quickly.
The decision was taken at a meeting of chief executives of all commercial banks at the central bank premises. Governor Atiur Rahman presided over the meeting.
Bangladesh Bank launched the automated system for settlement of paper cheques on October 7 last year.
The meeting also decided to settle high-value cheques -- Tk 5 lakh or more -- from January 31 at 1,200 bank branches in Dhaka region.
Besides, all cheques in Sylhet region will come under automated clearing system from January 20 and the Chittagong region from February 3.
BB chief urged the banks to take technical preparations for the sake of modernising the payment system. He underscored cooperation among banks.
Rahman directed state-run banks to take special steps quickly to this effect to survive in the competition.