The Bangladesh Bank has asked other banks to distribute warm clothes and blankets to destitute people in remote villages immediately as part of their corporate social responsibility.
A Bangladesh Bank Circular sent to the chief executives of all the banks on Sunday said this was necessary to help the poor in view of the the cold wave sweeping the country.
Meteorological Department saidtemperatures have dropped in Rajshahi division on Saturday after mild cold wave started drifting over Ishwardi, Jessore and Chuadanga.
The weather forecast for this month said one or two mild (ranging from 8 to 10 degrees Celsius) or moderate (6 to 8 degrees Celsius) cold waves will affect the country’s north, north-eastern and central regions by the end of December.
Media reports say the people in the north are suffering cold-related maladies as the temperature keeps dropping every day.
The BB circular also ordered the banks to provide financial support for poor students as part of their corporate social responsibility.