Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed put his 1st political statement.Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, the son of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in his firstovertly political comments since joining ofhis mother and founded by his , blamed the “post ’75 governments” forthe poor image of .
Internationally reputed IT Specialist and Computer Scientist Sajeeb Wazed Joyon Saturday underscored the need for turning the concept of digital Bangladesh as a ‘Nation Brand” for the county torevive its image in the international arena.
“Thegovernment is working for making Digital Bangladesh as a “Nation Brand” to create positiveimage of Bangladesh abroad,” he said while speaking at aseminar on Developing a Positive Image of Bangladesh’the first ever digital innovative fair at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur RahmanNovo Theater here.
Thebudding politician, who became a primary member of the ruling Awami League lastmonth, was speaking on Saturday at a seminar on ‘Developing A Positive Image of Bangladesh’, at the Bangabandhu SheikhMujibur Rahman Novo Theatre, named after his grandfather,the country’s founding president who was assassinated in 1975.
Post-’75,it took Awami League 21 years to come to power again.
Sajeebsaid the governments in that time were only concerned with keeping a hold onpower, but building a positive image of Bangladesh was a priority for the present AwamiLeague-led government.
“Tobuild a positive image of the nation we need three things: stability,continuity and commitment,” he told the seminar, which also marked the end of athree-day Digital Innovation Fair in Dhaka.
“The present government with its slogan of ‘Digital Bangladesh’ is committed to take theadvantages of tothe door-steps of everyone,” Sajeeb added.
Answeringquestions in the seminar, he said the government would ensure better andcheaper internet bandwidth by this year.
Professor Syed Ferhat Anwar, of Dhaka University’sInstitute of , presented the keynote paperon ‘Branding Bangladesh’.
“Bangladesh isattaining growth and has lots of potential to become a popular destination for andtourism.”
Prime Minister Sheikh HasinaCommit to Nation to present a better dignified Nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urge patience, cooperate of the people inrealising her government’s Vision-2021 programme as she addressed the nationmarking completion of two years of the Awami League-led grand alliance inoffice.
“Wemay not reap immediately the benefits of the programme we undertook in the pastyears . . . as we had to start everything afresh because our precedinggovernments had left no development programmes for us to follow,” she said.
She,however, said people will see the results of her government’s developmentprogrammes in course of time while she listed the sector-wise achievements inthe past two years.
“Iurge the countrymen, have a little patience, cooperate with us, Insha Allah(Allah willing) we will definitely fulfill our commitments,” the premier said.
Hasina said being a party of general people, AwamiLeague intends to ensure optimum development of the country through thepromotion of andthe past two years of development initiatives carried the testimonies to itscommitments.
Butshe said a quarter that had amassed wealth looting people’s money and siphonedout a huge amount of money abroad was now trying to obstruct the progress ofthe country.
“Theyearlier tried to foil the Bangabandhu murder trial and now they want toobstruct the war crimes trial. We seek countrymen’s support in this regard,”Hasina said.
Thepremier said her government will continue to work to fulfill the electoralpledges discarding the obstacles as “we are working for the benefit of thepeople, not for personal gain.”
Sheurged all irrespective of political affiliation to join hands leaving aside thepetty differences and work for the country’s welfare.
“Wehave already passed 40 years since the independence, the dream of Father of theNation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for an exploitation-free society, the‘Golden Bangla’ is yet to be realised,” Hasina said.
Sheexpected Bangladesh to be as the most peaceful and dignified nation in SouthAsia.
Sincetaking office, the premier said, “My colleagues and I are frantically trying tochange the lot of the common people.”
Requestingthe countrymen to compare the first two-year tenure between the presentgovernment and the BNP-Jamaat alliance government, she said, “You will see howmuch success we achieved in the last two years.”
Hasinasaid all democratic institutions of the country were destroyed during theseven-year rule of the four-party alliance government and the caretaker government.
Bangladesh, she said, was known abroad as the countryof terrorism, corruption and extremism and it was a very difficult task to keepthe country functional by removing the leftby them and fighting global recession.
“Ican firmly say we are trying our best and we also achieved many successes andinfused dynamism into economy,” she said.
ThePM said her government has taken a tough stance against terrorism andcorruption and became successful in restoring peace in the life of the people.
On price of essentials, the PM said, “When we formedthe government, the prices of essentials including rice were skyrocketing. Butwe were able to themdown significantly.
“Dueto our pragmatic steps, price of rice per kg was reduced to Tk 18 to 20 from Tk45,” she said.
Later, the price was increased to Tk 28 to ensure thatthe geta fair price, she said.
“Weare investigating why the price of rice went up in the peak season and takingproper steps in this regard,” she added.
The prime minister said her government is concerned asthe prices of essentials increased to a great extent internationallyinfluencing the local .
Callingupon the countrymen to raise agriculture production, she said, “Do not leave asingle inch of land uncultivated, the government will assist you.”
Thepremier said her government has raised salary of the government officials andemployees as well as the working class people, while the income of the peoplewent up to one-and-a-half to two times.
Hasinasaid Bangladesh has been established as a liberal, democratic and economicallypotential country.
“Bangladeshachieved United Nations MDG Award for its significant progress in reducingchild and mother mortality rate. And it is an achievement for the entirenation,” she said.
ThePM said international journals — The Economist and The Wall Street Journal —and different organisations highly praised the current activities of thegovernment. “In the UN Human Development Report 2010, Bangladesh has beenplaced third out of 95 countries,” she said.
Whenthe previous AL government completed its five-year term in 2001, all sectors,including economy, agriculture, industry and power, were in a strong position,she said.
“Inflationwas 1.59 percent; the country became self-sufficient in food; literacy rate wasincreased to 65.5 percent, while power production went up to 4,300MW from1,600MW during the past AL government,” she said, adding that her governmenthad also undertaken many projects in these sectors.
Butafter assuming office in 2001 through a rigged election, Hasina said, theBNP-Jamaat alliance government stopped their unfinished works out of vengeance.Besides, she said, they also cancelled a large number of approved projects,causing huge losses for the country.
Thepremier in her speech gave special focus on the economic sector, which wassignificantly vibrant amidst global recession.
Shereferred to some significant achievements in the financial sector under in thepast two years.
Oneof the historical achievements was the highest ever reserves of foreignexchange that crossed $ 10 billion mark on November 11, 2009 for the first timein the country’s history.
Thereserves, which were only $ 5.41 billion in November 2008 before the AL formedgovernment, rose by over 91 percent in one year and stood at $ 10.09 billion onDecember 21.
“Bangladeshhas become the third largest exporters on the global apparels market even aftereconomic downturn in the major importing countries,” the premier said, addingthat it happened because of the timely stimulus packages offered by thegovernment to the country’s readymade garment sector.
Exportsector, which also marked a phenomenal 41 percent rise in the first half of thecurrent 2010-11 financial year, was given special attention in the past twoyears to cope with the recession fallout.
Theother significant progress was the increase in the per capita income that roseto $ 780, an encouraging advancements towards promoting country to themiddle-income group from low-level status.
Revenueincome was also another area of major success, which surpassed the target by22.6 percent in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
ThePM said country’s economic growth is six percent when the rest of the worldfaced financial crisis.
Shesaid her government wants to increase the per capita income to $ 2,000 by 2021.
Toachieve this goal, the government in the past two years created conduciveatmosphere to promote both domestic and foreign investments and createemployment.
“Thecontribution of industrial sector to GDP should be increased to 40 percent by2021,” she said.
Hasinareferred to the public-private partnership (PPP), a landmark initiative of hergovernment, to foster large-scale investment involving government and privatesectors.
“Theinterest rate of bank loans has been reduced to 13 percent from 17 percent toencourage investment,” she said.
Shesaid the government allocated Tk 38,500 crore for Annual Development Programme(ADP) and streamlined the monitoring process for its proper implementation.
Hasinasaid the government employees also got increased salary packages when thegovernment announced the minimum wage for the garment workers.
Shesaid the government took various initiatives to ease the remittance process andstop money laundering. These steps include opening of money exchanges and bankbranches overseas.
“Themigrant Bangladeshis now can send money to their beneficiaries at home within24 hours,” Hasina said.
Referringto the Expatriate Welfare Bank, the PM said the Bank would help people get jobsoverseas without going through the pain of selling home, crop land and otherassets.
Shesaid the passport and visa process have been improved in line with theinternational standard.
Besidesthe successes in the core economic issues, the PM also cited somesocial-economic areas where her government gave special attention to meet thebasic needs of citizens.
Majorinitiatives to this effect include four planned satellite towns around thecapital city and one lakh apartments to meet the increasing accommodationproblems of middle-income group in Dhaka.
Hasinasaid the government would take similar programme in every district and upazilato offer people affordable housing.
ThePM said the government is working persistently towards achieving the target ofDigital Bangladesh by 2021.
“Alreadywe have formulated ICT Policy 2009 and established 1,600 computer labs ineducational institutions, 20 cyber centres in different universities, 152community e-centres and information centres in 64 districts,” she said.
Besides,she said 4,501 information service centres had been set up at union level.
“Ahigh-tech park will be set up in Kaliakoir and an ICT incubator will be builtin Karwan Bazar to help expanding ICT industry,” the PM said.
Referringto the technology park being built in the capital city, Hasina said initiativehad been taken to set up similar park at all the divisional headquarters.
Shesaid the government also included the ICT education in the national curriculumand distributed 1,500 laptop computers to different schools across the country.
Hasinasaid effective measures had also been taken to produce cheaper laptop computersat home.
ThePM said all the unions would have fibre optic cable connection by 2013.
Focusingon her government’s plan to solve the country’s existing power crisis, thepremier said it has undertaken immediate, medium and long-term programmes tomeet the present electricity demand as construction of a new power plant takesthree or four years.
Shesaid construction works of 33 power plants with a total capacity of 2,941megawatts have already been started and tenders have been invited for settingup 24 more plants capable of generating 3,840MW.
Apartfrom this, the PM said her government has also undertaken a programme to set uppower plants to produce 12,000MW electricity during the next five years.
Hasinasaid process is on to set up 2000MW Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant with thecooperation of Russia.
Besides,steps have been taken to import electricity from India, Nepal, Bhutan andMyanmar to meet the growing demand at home.
Processhas been completed for importing 500 MW electricity from India by 2012,” sheadded.
ThePM said her government has so far distributed 1.05 crore energy-saving CFLbulbs among the people free of cost to save electricity and another 1.75 croreCFL bulbs would be distributed among the consumers.
Hasinasaid the crisis in power sector deepened due to mismanagement and corruption ofthe past BNP-Jamaat government as it did not take any initiative to produce asingle megawatt of electricity during its tenure.
Shesaid her previous government during 1996-2001 had increased the country’s powergeneration from 1,600MW to 4,300MW and took massive projects in the interest ofthe people. “But, the BNP-Jamaat government after coming to power through arigged election in 2001 suspended all unfinished and approved projects justbecause of its political vengeance which caused immense harm to the nation,”she added.
Thepremier said her government is trying its best to solve the power crisis tobring the country out of the crisis at the soonest.
Shesaid the government has already started work to produce electricity fromsources like liquid fuel, coal, duel fuel and renewable energy along with thesetting up of gas-based power plants.
Onthe development of new gas fields and extraction of gas, she said hergovernment is implementing various programmes to increase the country’s gasproduction. Besides, steps have been taken to import liquefied natural gas(LNG) equivalent to the volume of 500 million cubic feet daily by 2012.
Hasinasaid daily gas production in the country has increased to 2,035 million cubicfeet last month while the production was 1,750 million cubic feet in 2009.
Regardingthe country’s law and order, the PM said the situation is better than anytimein the past as the government has taken stern actions against the terrorist andmilitant groups.
“Thepresent government believes that better law and order is the prime and foremostcondition for development. We have taken measures so that people can freelymove and do their business safely and sleep without any anxiety,” she said.
Extendingher sincere thanks to the members of law enforcement agencies including police,RAB and intelligence services for their relentless services, the premier saidpeople enjoyed festivity in real terms during last two Eids, Puja andChristmas. They went for shopping till midnight as the law and order wasexcellent, she noted.
Referringto trial of incident of BDR carnage in Pilkhana in February 2009, the PM saidnew law has been enacted for this trial. Necessary measures were also taken tostrengthen the Border Guards and equip it with modern artilleries.
ThePM highlighted her government’s initiative to maintain law and order inindustrial zones and said Industrial Police has been formed to check anyviolence in the industries.
Theprocess for formation of the Tourist Police, Marine Police, Security andProtection Battalion and Police Bureau of Counter Terrorism to encountermilitants is now progressing.
Hasinasaid her government has been making relentless efforts for implementing variousprogrammes for welfare of the freedom fighters. As part it, she said, thehonorarium of the freedom fighters has been raised to Taka 2,000 from Taka 900and 30 percent government jobs has been kept reserved for their children andgrand children.
Expressingher government’s firm commitment to ensure free flow of information, the PMsaid the government has enacted Right to Information Act (RTA) and InformationCommission to make sure citizens’ access to all information.
Shesaid Bangladesh media is enjoying full freedom. Present government after takingpower has given permission to 12 new television channels, 14 Community Radio andone FM radio. We, for the first time in the country, allowed private televisionchannel when we came to power in 1996, the premier noted.
Hasinareiterated her electoral pledge to strengthen local government system and saidUpazila Parishad Act-1998 has been amended to set up local government atupazila level. Laws related to Pourasabha, City Corporation and Union Parishadhave been amended to held election at local level, she said.
ThePM said 4,484 unions were allocated Taka 442 crore this year to carry out theirdevelopment programme, she said.
Pointingout the vulnerability of Bangladesh to climate change, the PM saidinternational community ranked Bangladesh as the riskiest among the tencountries vulnerable to climate change.
“Wehave established our own fund to face the risk and so far undertaken 134projects to face the adverse impact of climate change,” the PM said.
Thepremier welcomed the decision of global climate conference to form a GreenClimate Fund (GCF) to support the developing countries to address climatechange and said the present government from its own fund so far allocated Taka1,400 crore for climate change.
Shesaid projects were taken for capital dredging of the Gorai and Jamuna Riversand re-excavation of the dying rivers to revive their channels.
ThePM said her government has made the parliament as the focal point of alldemocratic practice. A total of 130 laws were passed in 174 working days of the9th Jatiya Sangsad in last two years, she said.
Allimportant decisions of the government and issues including national educationpolicy, poverty reduction strategy paper, nuclear power plant, climate change,proposal for making Bangla as the official language of the UN were discussed inthe parliament.
Shesaid all parliamentary committees are working regularly, despite theopposition’s complete failure to play their role in the House. The oppositionwas present only 44 days out of 174 working days in last two years while Leaderof the Opposition attended the House only five days though they are allowed toraise any issue in the parliament.
ThePM said the government has executed the National Human Rights Commission toensure basic right of people.
TheAnti-Corruption Commission and Election Commission are also working freely.
The judiciaryis enjoying complete freedom and working to establish rule of law in thecountry, Hasina said.
Describingagriculture as the main driving force of economy, Hasina said her governmenthas been implementing various programmes to make the country self-sufficientagain in food.
Shesaid her government has reduced fertilizer price three times during the lasttwo years, distributed agricultural cards, provided subsidy and agri-inputs tofarmers and facilitate them to open bank account with an initial deposit ofonly Taka 10.
Shesaid her government would distribute Taka 12,000 crore agricultural loans amongthe farmers during this fiscal though it has disbursed a loan of Taka 11,117crore in the last fiscal.
“Withthese initiatives, fair price of agriculture produce has been ensured,” sheadded.
Hasinasaid her government has reinvigorated the country’s dying jute industry throughgenome sequencing of jute, once called as ‘golden fibre’ of Bangladesh. Withthe government’s initiatives, farmers are now selling per maund of jute at Taka2,000 to 2,500, she added.
Besides,she said her government has been distributing food free of cost among the poorand low-income people while a programme of selling rice through ration amongthe Class-IV government employees, police and village police force is going on.
Regarding‘Monga’, she said her present government has been successful to eliminate theseasonal famine in the northern region of the country.
Shesaid her government has allocated Taka 331 crore in providing allowances forthe distressed and elderly women as it has increased the number ofbeneficiaries as well as the amount of the allowances.
Besides,she said Taka 1,176 crore has been spent in implementing the programme forcreating jobs for the ultra poor people in the current fiscal.
Apartfrom this, she said her government is implementing “Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar”(One homestead, one farm), Ashrayan (housing) projects for homeless people andproviding collateral free loan to the unemployed youths.
Focusingon various programmes being implemented in health sector, she said her previousgovernment had taken a step to set up 18,000 community clinics across thecountry to reach medical services to the doorsteps of people.
But,she regretted that the BNP-Jamaat government suspended the project. “Afterassuming office this time, we have introduced 10,000 community clinics,” sheadded. Besides, she said the present government has recruited 13,500 healthcareproviders, 4,500 doctors, 2,000 nurses and 6,500 health assistants.
Shesaid all upazila health complexes have been brought under internet service whenmaternity leave has been increased to six months.
ThePM said her government is working to bring about qualitative changes in theeducation sector.
Thegovernment has formulated a science-based and time-befitting education policyin consultation with all, she said and vowed to remove illiteracy from thecountry by 2014.
Shesaid distribution of 23 crore books among the primary and secondary schoolstudents has started and the books are also available on the website.
Holdingterminal examinations for class V and class VII students have begun and thesuccess rate in secondary and higher secondary exams in last two years wasabout 80 percent, she added.
Hasinasaid her government has raised the number of stipends for school students to 30lakh from 17 lakh and included 1,624 educational institutions in the monthlypayment order (MPO).
Thepresent government has recruited about 52,000 assistant teachers and about2,000 headmasters for primary schools, she added.
ThePM said work has started to construct 3,000 secondary schools, academicbuildings in 71 colleges and 306 model schools.
Elevensecondary schools and six colleges are being set up in Dhaka city, she said andadded that one university would be established in every district of thecountry.
Hasinasaid the government has formulated a new law to enhance quality of education inprivate universities.
Forexpansion of higher education, University of Professionals has been opened inDhaka, Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur and Science and Technology Universityin Pabna, she said.
Workhas started for setting up six specialised universities, she said and addedthat initiatives have been taken to set up one technical school in everyupazila.
ThePM said madrasa education is being modernised and religious education has beenmade compulsory at the secondary level.
Thirtymodel madrasas have been set up, vocational courses introduced in 100 madrasasand honours courses opened in 31 madrasas, she said and urged all to educatethe new generation properly in religious education and modern teachings.
ThePM said her government brought about radical changes in country’scommunications system in last two years.
“Wehave already inaugurated Sultana Kamal Bridge, Shaheed Buddhijibi Bridge andChittagong Shah Amanat Bridge,” she said and also referred to construction ofDhaka bypass road, Dapdapia Bridge and the bridges to be constructed over theKarotoa and Tista rivers.
Dhaka-Chittagongand Chittagong-Hathajari highways are being upgraded into four-lane roads.Joydebpur-Mymensing and some other highways would also be brought under theprocess, she said.
Thepremier said the main construction work for the much-expected Padma Bridge willbegin soon along with the construction of railway lines on both the sides.
Aboutmeasures to ease traffic jam in Dhaka city, she said the Bijoy Sarani and TongiAhsanullah Master flyover have been opened and the constriction of Kuril, Gulistan-Jatrabariand Banani-Jurain flyovers is going on.
ThePM said the construction of 26km elevated expressway will begin in Dhaka soon.Study on metro rail in Dhaka has also completed.
Shementioned introduction of 100 new BRTC buses in Dhaka and said 430 more buseswould be pressed into service soon.
Referringto the opening of Aminbazar-Sadarghat waterway around Dhaka city, she saidsteps have been taken to introduce commuter trains on Dhaka-Narayanganj,Dhaka-Joydebpur and Dhaka-Mymensingh routes
Ministryof Science & ICT, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh andD.Net is going to arrange the launching ceremony of the contest for NationalDigital Innovation Award 2011 that will be held on January 30,2011 at10.30 am in BRAC Centre INN, Mohakhali, Dhaka. Architect YeafeshOsman , Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Science & ICT has kindlyconsented to be the chief guest. The program will be chaired by Mr.Nazrul Islam Khan, National Project Director, Access to Information(A2I)program, Prime Minister’s Office while Mr.Mahfuzur Rahman, ExecutiveDirector of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Will be present as Special Gueston the occasion.
Thefirst-ever 3-day Digital Innovation Fair concluded today ushering in a new hopeto reach the goal of having a digitalized nation much before the scheduledtarget of 2021.
Scores of people, men, women, youths and juvenilescovering wider section of the society including learners and professionalsthronged Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novotheater, ofthe fair that witnessed congregation of technology-lovers during the three-daydisplay.
said over 3,00,000 visitors representing differentshades of public opinion, especially higher level learners and professionalsvisited the fair that indicates that the common people are highly enthusiasticand optimistic over flourishing digitaltechnology.
Allthe 102 stall including 82 public and 20 private organizations were jam- packedwith the enthusiastic and inquisitive visitors from 10 am to 8 pm and thestall-managements were, on occasions, faced hard time in replying their variousinteresting and intelligent queries.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith attended theclosing asthe chief guest while Principal Secretary, Prime Minister’s office and convenerof Fair Organizing Committee Md. Abdul Karim Presided.
Theclosing ceremony was also attended by PM’s Advisor DrTawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, UNDP Country Director, Bangladesh Stefan Priesner,Cabinet Secretary M Abdul Aziz and National Project Director, Access toInformation Program and Member- Secretary of Fair Organizing Committee Md.Nazrul Islam Khan.
Thepresence of internationally reputed Computer Scientist and IT Expert and PrimeMinister’s son Sajib Wajed Joy at the concluding seminar on “Developing APositiveImage of Bangladesh”added special flavor and attraction to the fair. The organizerswere also under tremendouspressures to accommodate the listeners who gathered everyday to attend seminarson related subjects of the “Vision 2021″, Digital Bangladesh and the “Change ofCharter”.
The seminar held during the three-day fair were:“Taking Services to Citizens’ Doorsteps through Public Centers”,“e-Governance “Embracing the new Mobile Paradigm for Service Delivery”, ” Sustaininge-Service Delivery withAppropriate ICT HR in the Government”, “Implementing ICT Policy 2009 to AchieveDigital Bangladesh”, Integration of Government Agencies throughInteroperability “, PPP Framework to Sustain e- Service Delivery” and “Developing APositive Image of Bangladesh”.
RubyIslam, a housewife from Mohammadpur, who was roaming in the fair venue carryingher 9- month old baby in her lap, told BSS that she got relived after hearing anews at the stall of LGRD ministry that she could register the birth of herkids through internet. “For registering birth of my child I have contacted oneof my near relations who works in Dhaka City Corporation”, she said adding“despite his repeated commitment he could not give me the necessary birthregistration form”. “Now I am happy that I could furnish birth registration ofmy child through internet”, an apparently happy Ruby said.
“Ihave come to the fair to see the reflection of government’s commitment to buildDigital Bangladesh”, said Jeflin Hasnat Bipul, an NGO activist working withAction-aid, Bangladesh. “After visiting this fair I become happy and confident thatthe government has advanced significantly to attain that objective”
Hesuggested to hold such innovation fairs at divisional and district levels sothat decentralization of official initiatives could be attained. Riaz, popularhero of country’s silver screen told BSS that he has come to the fair beingdriven by a wave of Digital technology that swept over the country. ‘I havebecome emotion- choked after observing the development of various governmentdepartment and ministries,” he said adding that this steps should have beentaken much earlier as the world is progressing vary fast in digital technology.
Reazsaid, “It was witnessed in our country that after any change-over in thegovernment all programmes of the previous administration are changed. But theprogramme for development of digital technology is a very positive step towardsnational progress and prosperity and as such I shall make a fervent appeal sothat no slightest interruption is made in this regard if there is any regimechange in the country.”
KanizDaiani Koraishi, a school teacher of Azim Uddin High School in Kishoregonj ,who came to Dhaka to meet her husband working in the department of fisheries,told BSS
thatshe had come to the fair venue to see for herself how the ambitious DigitalBangladesh could be materialized.
“Ihave come to the capital with my children to meet my husband and it is always atroublesome for me to purchase rail tickets. I have become happy thathenceforth I shall be able to collect not only railway tickets but also get allservices like payment of utility bills sitting at my own home throughinternet.”, she said.
Shealso suggested to make technology available at the door steps of remote ruralpeople of the country.
Foursecond year students of accounting department of Dhaka College- Arannya,Jewell, Shohel and Davit told BSS that they are happy hearing the news thathenceforth they could collect their admission forms, know the date of theirexaminations and results with specific mark-sheets etceteras through internet.
‘Butwe have no means to have the opportunities for easy excess to internetservices”, they said making an appeal to the government to make internetbrowsing free for students.
LawMaker Mohammad Shafiqul Islam Apu who visited BSS stall told that once we couldattain full command on digital technology we could be bale to assimilatecorrect data and information which is very much essential to ensureaccountability, transparency and good governance in the country.
“Whenwe told about Digital Bangladesh in our election manifesto, many thought it wasmere lip services. But if they today visit this fair it would be very clear tothem that Digital Bangladesh is no more a dream, it’s a reality”, he said.
StateMinister for Science and Information & Communication Technology ArchitectYeafesh Osman said that through this innovative fair, where all the governmentministries and departments have participated, it was demonstrated that thewhole nation is prepared for a digitalized nation.
“Necessarymental and psychological changes have already taken place among our peopleri8ght from government high-ups to the grass-root peasantry to welcome DigitalBangladesh “, he said and expressed his hope that the target of a digitalizednation could be attained before the stipulated target of 2021.
PrincipalSecretary, Prime Ministers’ Office Md. Abdul Karim who is also Convenor of theFair organizing committee said that the entire perspective of digitaltechnology programe of the government assumed a different meaning with thedeclaration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of her vision to make DigitalBangladesh.. Through this fair people would get the opportunity to have an ideawhat kind of services they could get from the administration under digitaltechnology.
NazrulIslam Khan, National Project Director of Access to Information Programme saidthat the huge flow of visitors in the fair and their useful interactions withthe stall organizers proved that the hope expressed by Prime Minister in herinaugural speech that the fair would unveil the services to be available at thedoor steps of the people, easily, speedily and low cost have been totallysuccessful.
Thefair organized in cooperation with the UNDP-funded Access to Information (A2I)Programme under the Prime Minister’s Office and the Science and ICT Ministrywitnessed highest number of visitors on the closing day today. Among others,Speaker Abdul Hamid Advocate, visited the fair this afternoon and went roundvarious stalls and talked to the people there.
PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair on March 4 with a hope that thecitizens of the country would be able to meet every basic needs through digitaltechnology.
Digitalfair’s edict: Make govt pro-people, provide transparent, quick services throughdigitalizing admin
TheDigital Innovation Fair 2010 in Dhaka concluded envisioning an imperative formaking government more pro-people providing transparent and quick servicesthrough digitalizing its administration.
“Ouractivities will be faster and more transparent to the people throughintroducing e-services in the coming days,” Finance Minister AMA Muhith saidaddressing the concluding ceremony of the government’s Digital Innovation Faitat the Novo Theater.
Thethree-day fair, first of its kind in the country, began March 4 with a view topopularizing the government’s vision of Digital Bangladesh in keeping with itselection manifesto.
Thefair exhibited how the use of internet and other digital technologies can easepeople’s lives. Its aim was to demonstrate ways of providing extensivegovernment services to the citizen’s doorsteps, making them aware of theextensive e-services, encouraging and promoting the current best practices inpublic service delivery, sharing and replicating these practices across thegovernment organizations.
Thefinance minister also said the government would not be a hidebound secretething to the people as the fair has come with all information as to whatservices will be delivered to the people’s doorsteps by the government.
“The peopleknow what services will be given and how it would be provided by thegovernment. So, there are no secret things,” he told the function.
Muhithsaid the government itself would be more aware about its transparency andcorruption through ensuring access to information in the future.
“Digitalizationmeans to create competition for innovations among the people, which started offthrough the fair,” he said.
Presidedover by fair-preparation-council convener Abdul Karim, the concluding functionwas also addressed by adviser to the Prime Minister Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhuryand State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman
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