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Monday, 04 February 2008

Staff correspondent

Foreign adviser Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury on Saturday said the purpose of the meeting of the council of advisers at Rangpur was to take the government to the door-steps of the people.

Speaking at a gathering of officials, journalists and public representatives at the Gaibandha circuit house, the adviser expressed the hope that more such meetings of the advisory council would be held outside the capital.

The interim government held its cabinet meeting in Rangpur as major development issues of the northern districts including agriculture and the seasonal ‘monga’ (period of semi-starvation) were in the agenda.

The main purpose of the cabinet meeting in Rangpur was to take all possible measures to ensure the highest yield of boro in Rangpur and Dinajpur regions, the most prolific producers of crops in the country.

Dr Iftekhar, who is also in charge of the ministry of expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment, said that the government’s policy was to encourage more people from the monga-affected areas of greater Rangpur to obtain foreign employment.

He said measures were being adopted to upgrade the skills of workers by setting up technical training institutes throughout north Bengal. Six training institutes are operating in the region and three more will be opened shortly, he informed reporters.

Earlier, the adviser visited the Technical Training Centre in Bogra. Later on the day, he distributed relief materials including blankets at two places in the Gaibandha municipal area.

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