Dev plans should be based on public interests: PM

Dev plans should be based on public interests: PM

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Criticising the mindset of ministers and MPs in undertaking development programmes prioritising their respective areas or homes, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said development plans should be taken considering the highest benefit of the common people at the low cost.
“Ministers, lawmakers and those powerful try to approve development programmes like roads or railway tracks construction beside their homes but development plans should be undertaken considering the highest benefit of the common people,” she said.
The Prime Minister said this at the 20th National Conference and 38th Council Session of the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) at IDEB building on Wednesday.“Despite economic constraints, we could move the country forward with proper planning…we’ve reduced our dependency on others. We would stand on our own feet, ensure development of our own not beginning from others,” she added.
Urging all to work together with proper planning and sincerity for maintaining the current pace of development, the Prime Minister said all professionals are equally important for the state and supplementary to each other.
President of the central executive committee of IDEB AKMA Hamid presided over the inaugural ceremony while general secretary Shamsur Rahman read out the secretary report ‘Amader Kotha-21′.
Hasina said the present world has come up with huge challenges and Bangladesh needs to face those efficiently.
Stressing the importance of developing skilled manpower to drive the country towards development as well as free it from hunger, the Prime Minister said the manpower must be developed based on skills to achieve the desired goal. Mentioning that Bangladesh’s march forward has been the heartburn of many, Sheikh Hasina said they want the country to suffer from the vicious cycle of poverty.
“But, we want a peaceful environment in the country, there must be no bombing, killing, anarchy…To become a peaceful country in South Asia, Bangladesh will have to continue its socioeconomic development and the country would move ahead keeping its head high at the global stage,” she added.
Deploring the devastation unleashed by the BNP-Jamaat last year across the country damaging public and private property to foil the last general election, the Prime Minister said the pace of development is continuing as her government tackled the situation with a strong hand and efficiency.
Listing various development initiatives and achievements of her government as well as to groom skilled manpower, Hasina said one university would be built in each district either from public or private initiative.
The Prime Minister said Bangabandhu while he was the minister for industries and commerce in 1954, had planned for constructing two polytechnic institutes. At his initiative, Dhaka Polytechnic Institute was established at Tejgaon with the admission of the country’s first batch of diploma engineers in 1955.
The IEDB president handed over six research papers conducted by the IDEB study and research cell.
On the occasion, the Prime Minister handed over ‘IDEB Sanmanana Padak’ to five diploma engineers for their outstanding contribution to the society. The awardees are Adv Rahmat Ali, Syed Hasan Imam, Shafiuddin Sarker, late Alhaj Abdul Jabbar Khan and late Ramanandu Mallick.
About resolving discrimination of the diploma engineers, she said the Finance Ministry is looking into the matter alongside the Pay Commission. She also assured them of considering the amount of stipend for the polytechnic students.
Praising the IDEB initiative for the establishment of an electro medical lab in the IEDB building, the Prime Minister assured them of providing support from the government to establish an electrical, electronics and IT lab and a civil engineering lab in the IDEB building. – UNB

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