State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan on Wednesday claimed that the gold kept in Bangladesh Bank vault is fine and the confusion over its adulteration was created due to a clerical mistake.
There has been no adulteration as published in the media, he said.
Mannan said it is the responsibility of the Bangladesh Bank to look after public’s property and if any mistake happens from their side, the government will take necessary action.
When the Finance Minister will return home, he will take necessary steps in this regard, the junior minister added.
“There’s nothing to be worried about. Such clerical mistakes may occur if two organisations work together. All the gold are alright. People can go in and check for themselves. The door of the Bangladesh Bank is open to them,” he said.
He said the purity of the gold was recorded 80 percent instead of 40 in the report due to the similarity of numbers 4 and 8. “It was a writing mistake.”
“We aren’t taking anything lightly. The whole system will be reviewed and actions will be taken if any negligence is found,” he added.
During the briefing, BB Governor Fazle Kabir and Finance ministry’s banking section Senior Secretary Yunusur Rahman were, among others, present.