Taka 13bn to help enhance income of farmers

Taka 13bn to help enhance income of farmers

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Dhaka – The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved the “Smaller water resources development (2nd phase)” project involving an estimated cost of Tk 1,285.96 crore in a bid to boost agricultural production and thus increase incomes of farmers through enhancing non-farm activities.The approval came from the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC Conference Room at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said that a total of 8 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 4,979.35 crore. “Of the total project cost, Tk 4,069.34 crore will come from the State Exchequer, Tk 51.16 crore will come from the organization’s own fund while the rest of Tk 858.85 crore from project assistance,”
Of the approved 8 projects, seven are new while one is a revised project.
The Planning Minister said that the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) under the Local Government Division (LGD) will implement the “Smaller Water Resources Development” project by December 2023. Of the total project cost of Tk 1,285.96 crore, Tk 858.85 crore assistance will come from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project will be implemented at 220 Upazilas under 29 districts in Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur Divisions.
The main project operations include implementation of some 145 new subprojects on flood management, water sanitation, water retention, construction of office building of water management Samobai Samity, extension and rehabilitation of some 136 old sub-projects, and some 140.29 acres of land acquisition.
The Planning Minister also informed that the main project objectives include creating agriculture business-related facilities as well as providing training.
He also informed that the project is based on the success of the “Greater Mymensingh, Sylhet, and Faridpur smaller water resources development” project implemented from July 2007 to June 2016 with an expenditure of Tk 568.71 crore.
Mustafa Kamal also informed that such projects would be implemented across the country in phases.
While revealing the implementation rate of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the July-October period of the current fiscal year, he said that Tk 23,835 crore was spent during the four-month period with a healthy rate of 14.53 percent. On the other hand, the ADP implementation rate during the July-October period of the last fiscal year was 13.60 percent with Tk 16,772 crore expenditure.
The Planning Minister said the ADP implementation rate of the last four months was the highest in the history of Bangladesh since there were no constraints, the line Ministries did their job sincerely while the directives of the Prime Minister were also followed.
The ECNEC also gave nod to the 3rd revision of the “Leather Industrial Estate, Dhaka” with an overall estimated expenditure of Tk 1,078.71 crore. BSCIC was scheduled to implement the 2nd revision of the project by June 2016, but ECNEC this time approved the 3rd revision of the project extending the timeframe by another three years to June, 2019 without increasing the project cost.
The Planning Minister said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to take steps for setting up Leather Economic Zone in the country so that the private sector feel encouraged to invest there as the government would make arrangements for necessary land there.
About the complaints that the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) is not being set up properly at the Leather Industrial Estate, Dhaka, the Planning Minister instantly directed the IMED Secretary to send a team there to inspect the project site.
Referring to the approval of the “Installation of Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences at eight medical college hospitals in the country” with Tk 582.30 crore, the Planning Minister said that Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission under the Ministry of Science and Technology will implement the project by June 2020.
Once such institutes are established in the Medical Colleges, it would be possible to easily diagnosis and provide treatment on various diseases like thyroid, kidney, liver and bone cancer through using nuclear technology, providing State of the art nuclear treatment to the poor and common people at an affordable cost.
The Planning Minister also informed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to replicate such projects in other medical colleges of the country.
The other project approved in the meeting are Protection of river embankment from erosion of River Jamuna at Arjuna under Bhuapur Upazila under Tangail district with Tk 281.57 crore, Power Distribution System Extension and renovation of West Zone areas with Tk 1,249.05 crore, Syedpur-Nilphamari highway (R-570) widening and strengthening project with Tk 225.96 crore, Completing unfinished works on Naogaon-Atrai-Nature highway with Tk 201.29 crore and Joypurhat-Akkelpur-Badalgachhi (Z-5452) and Khetlal-Gopinathpur-Akkelpur (Z-5508) district highway widening and strengthening project with Tk 74.51 crore.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and Secretaries concerned were present. – Staff Reporter

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