Former Bangladesh Bank Governor Professor Dr Atiur Rahman appreciated the mass feeding initiative taken by IDLC Finance for low-income people and daily wage earners across the country.
Talking to Daily Sun, the eminent economist said: “I am pleased to learn that IDLC is going to provide food to 30,000 hungry people in partnership with five NGOs and CBos. This is indeed a great CSR initiative,”He also mentioned that other financial institutions also follow their act. Sustainable finance means this kind of humane approach.
In this initiative, five well-known local voluntary and development organisations are partnering with IDLC for execution of the project that began on Saturday.
The partnering organisations are: Ovizatrrik Foundation, Sajeda Foundation, CSR Window Bangladesh, Shomvabona and Alokito Shishu who will cover a total of 12 neglected districts, including some slum areas in Dhaka and Chattogram.
The programme will provide to around 7,500 low-income daily wage earner families or around 30,000 people from different parts of the country.
Primarily, the selected districts are Dhaka, Chattogram, Patuakhali, Bhola, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Mymenshing, Brahmanbaria, Habiganj and Sylhet.
Each basket of food items will be provided to each family with essentials containing rice, pulse, oil, potatoes, onions and some other daily commodities along with soaps for maintaining their hygiene during coronavirus pandemic.IDLC Finance Managing Director Arif Khan said, “The economy of our country highly depends on the daily wage earners.”
“In this pandemic, the low-income daily labourers are being affected mostly as the government declared general holidays in a bid to check transmission of COVID-19 in the country. We are happy to contribute in some way by providing at least some food items for the people who are mostly affected during this pandemic,” Arif Khan added.
He also mentioned that IDLC believes in being a responsible part of the community, this initiative is also a part of such CSR efforts.