Work out master plan for each UZ, PM to engineers
07 February 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday asked engineers to work out a standard master plan for each upazila so that local people could avail themselves of all public services from one point.
The Prime Minister came up with the instruction while inaugurating the four-day 56th convention of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB).
The inaugural session of the convention was held at the IEB with its president Engineer M Kabir Ahmed Bhuiyan in the chair. The theme of the convention is ‘Engineers for Sustainable Development’.
Sheikh Hasina suggested engineers to keep a provision of water bodies or ponds before taking any plan and construction of any big structure. She stressed keeping playgrounds and walkways before constructing any big housing complex.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also sought all-out cooperation from engineers in attaining seven percent GDP growth this fiscal year saying that the key to development is in the hands of engineers.
“We want to attain 7 percent GDP growth and for that we’ve to quickly implement the projects we’ve taken, and only then we’ll be able to reach our target,” she said.
Hasina said her government wants to steer the country towards progress fast and it partly depends on the skills and sincerity of engineers, and quick implementation of projects.
The Prime Minister urged the engineers to undertake development plans in a planned way to serve the country’s maximum number of people with minimum expenditures. “When you’ll formulate a plan, please make it sure it doesn’t entail high cost…it should be less expensive and serve the maximum number of people.”
Hasina said it is her government’s prime aim to change the fate of the country’s neglected people. “And we’re working tirelessly to achieve that goal.”
The Prime Minister said the government is implementing Vision 2021 to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income digital nation and a developed one by 2041.
She said building a poverty-free nation is not possible without educated people and that is why her government gives top priority to education, especially multipurpose vocational education.
The Prime Minister mentioned that a total of 12 science and technology universities were established for the expansion of science-based education during the 1996-2001 term of her government.
Hhe reiterated her government firm commitment to establish at least one university in every district under public or private management.
Mentioning her commitment of 2008 general election of building Digital Bangladesh, Hasina said Bangladesh is now a digital in true sense as over 5,275 union digital centres are providing 200 types of services to rural people.
Terming power and energy as the main elements of development, Hasina said the country’s electricity generation capacity rose to over 14,000 megawatt from 3,200 megawatt in 2009 due to the pragmatic steps of her government.
Over 100 power plants have been constructed during the last seven years and over 70 percent people have come under electricity coverage now and electricity would be reached to every household by 2021.
The government has undertaken plans to generate 24,000 megawatt of electricity by 2021 while 40,000 megawatt by 2040.
Earlier, the Prime Minister handed over IEB Gold Medals to two eminent engineers of the country for their contributions to their respective areas.
They are Vice Chancellor of Ahsan Ullah Science and Technology Professor AMM Shafiulla and former Rujuk Chairman Engineer Nurul Huda.
She also inaugurated a 15-storey IEB Bhaban.
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