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Monday, 04 February 2008

UNB, Rangpur

The council of advisers at its meeting here on Saturday approved the interim government’s 14-point programme for the rapid socio-economic development of the country’s northern region, especially Rangpur.

The programmes include close and round-the-clock supervision for ensuring the Boro production in the coming season, formation of a committee headed by an adviser to resolve Monga problem, setting up of a full-fledged university in Rangpur, activating the airports of the region and taking measures to export more manpower from the region.

The advisory council meeting was held at Rangpur Circuit House with the chief adviser, Fakhruddin Ahmed, in the chair. The meeting that started at around noon lasted for about three hours.

This was the first-ever meeting of the council of advisers held outside the capital. All advisers, special assistants to the chief adviser and secretaries concerned attended the meeting.

Other programmes taken for region include construction and maintenance of roads, railways, bridges and embankments, making Birol, Banglaband and Sonar Hat land ports functional, taking steps to increase employment and expand businesses, ensuring healthcare services and expanding inland tourism.

After the advisory council meeting, the chief adviser Fakhruddin told reporters that some specific decisions were taken after detailed discussions and directives have been given accordingly. Responding to a questioner, Fakhruddin said meetings of the council of advisers would be held in other districts of the country gradually.

About holding the meeting in Rangpur, the chief adviser said there are some regional issues that needed to be dealt with regionally, otherwise these problems would remain out of sights.

Asked if the next government would continue the works taken by the present government, he hoped that the future government would continue the good works initiated by the interim administration.

Giving details of the meeting, Fakhruddin said a committee, headed by education and commerce adviser DR Hossain Zillur Rahman was formed for taking quick and coordinated steps for multi-dimensional solutions to Monga (famine like situation). ‘Involving all concerned, this committee would formulate an effective strategy,’ he added.

He said his secretary has been entrusted with the responsibility to create skilled manpower through coordinating training programmes initiated by different ministries. Asked when a full-fledged university would be set up in Rangpur, the chief adviser said it’s a time-consuming matter but the directive had been given to undertake a project in this regard.

He said proposals had been received from Bangladeshi expatriates to operate services in Syedpur, Ishwardi and Takurgaon airports. ‘Subject to implementation of the proposal, these airports would be activated.’ Under the programmes, the chief adviser said Begum Ruquiah Memorial has been brought under the women and children affairs ministry.

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