Check Price Spiral in Ramadan: PM
Monday, 19 July 2010

The prime minister has directed the top administrative officials to curb any artificial price hike in the upcoming fasting month of Ramadan, when prices normally go up.

"Some rogue traders raise food prices by creating an artificial crisis during Ramadan. The entire administration has to be careful against such move," Sheikh Hasina told a meeting with secretaries of different ministries and divisions at the Cabinet Division conference hall on Sunday.

"Effective steps have to be taken to check the price hike," she told the officials.

Cabinet Division secretary Abdul Aziz and prime minister's press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed journalists on the meeting after its conclusion.

The prime minister directed the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), the government's trading wing, to import food stuff like rice, pulse, wheat and gram to offset any shortfall in local supply.

She expressed her satisfaction over the implementation level of the Annual Development Programme (ADP) in the just concluded financial year and asked the secretaries to ensure its 100 percent implementation in the future.

Hasina also directed them to draw up a detailed plan for that by July-end.

Aziz told reporters that the prime minister was informed that about 91 percent of the ADP had been implemented last fiscal year.

He said 13 secretaries of 43 who had attended the meeting spoke.

The prime minister directed the secretaries to be alert against the militants and suspected war criminals and strengthen the on-going drives against them.

She expressed her satisfaction at the present law and order situation.

She said 13,000 new members were recruited in the police force after his government assumed office in early 2009 and recruitments of another 32,000 are in the process.

"The law and order will improve once the new recruitments are done."

Hasina directed the ministries concerned to enhance electricity generation immediately by 1,319 megawatts through installing rental and quick rental power projects, and to 7,000 megawatts by 2013.

The prime minister said administrative functions have to be decentralised from Dhaka, and residential and communications facilities developed at the district level to lessen pressure of growing population on the capital.

The meeting discussed the implementation status of the project undertaken for rehabilitation of slum-dwellers and encourage them to go back their native homes.

"We've to create employment for them at local level," Hasina said.

She asked the secretaries to enhance the aptitude of administrative officials. She said her government recruited around 26,000 employees and promoted 13,000 others.

Mentioning that around 200,000 administrative posts remained vacant, she said initiatives had been taken for recruitment to the posts.

The government is formulating the Public Administration Act, 2010 to enhance the performance of the administration, she added.

The prime minister asked the top officials to evaluate performances in promoting civil servants.

She asked them to settle the disputes in land acquisition for prompt implementation of projects.


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