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A school banking conference was held in Rajshahi yesterday with the main thirst of making the school banking programme more popular and effective coupled with bolstering the government policy of spreading the banking services to the mass level for higher financial inclusion in the region. Rupali Bank Limited (RBL) organised the conference at Rajshahi College auditorium in presence of large number of bankers and other stakeholders, report BSS.

Chaired by Rajshahi Divisional Deputy Managing Director of RBL Jahangir Alam, the conference was addressed, among others, by Executive Director of Bangladesh Bank (BB) Fazlur Rahman and Principal of Rajshahi College Prof Habibur Rahman.

In his remarks, Fazlur Rahman said the school banking system is generating wide interest among students in creating savings habit to ultimately help them ensuring financial security in future.

The main objective of the programme was creating students savings mentality through opening school banking accounts. Now there are about 15 lakh school banking accounts and about Taka 1,400 crore deposited in that accounts.

Before the conference, a colourful rally was brought out on the city streets from Alupatty crossing.

Hundreds of school students and officials of all scheduled banks in the city joined the rally that ended at the conference venue.