Officials of the Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday halted their ongoing programme till January 24 after getting assurance from the government to resolve the crisis created out of the eighth national pay scale.Leaders of the Bangladesh Bank Officers Welfare Council (BBOWC) said their ongoing protest programmes has been postponed at the request of the Bangladesh Bank governor Dr. Atiur Rahman.
Siddikur Rahman Mollah, president of the BBOWC told the journalists that they made the decision to postpone their running protest programme after getting governor’s assurance.
“The governor has assured them of considering their demands at the governing body meeting of Bangladesh Bank slated on January 24,” he said.
Earlier, they gave an ultimatum to the government till January 14 to solve their problems as they said they had been relegated both socially and economically in the new pay scale.
The officials took two hour sit-in programmes everyday till January 14 but now they postponed after the assurance.
The leaders alleged that the central bank has been compared with the other banks like Bangladesh Krishi Bank/Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank/Karmasangthan Bank/Probashi Kolyan Bank, which is inconsistent with the spirit of the Bangladesh Bank Order 1972 and thus relegated them.
Besides, they are staging demonstration for three demands like separate pay scale, upgrading the post of executive director to Grade-1 and upgrading the entrance level to Grade-9 instead of Grade-8 like public university teachers and other cadre service.
Meanwhile, Prokrichi-BCS Coordination Committee, an organisation of engineers, agronomists, physicians and 26 other cadres yesterday observed two hour work abstention demanding restoration of selection grade and time scale in the new pay scale.
Wearing black badges, its leaders said they would continue their programme until them find any visible assurance from the government.
They would carry out two-hour work abstention till January 17 to realise their demands and the next course of action will be determined after January 30.
The Committee leader said they would refrain from official task during the programme but the officials assigned for the duty of Ijtema will carry out their duties. The second phase of Ijtema will begin on January 15.
The officials under Prokrichi-BCS Coordination Committee also observed the programme elsewhere in the country including the capital.