NID holders to get service-oriented facilities
Friday, 25 April 2008

The Council of Advisers of the caretaker government Wednesday approved a proposal for forming Southern Zone Power Distribution Company Ltd under the Power Development Board for distribution of electricity in Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Noakhali and Comilla districts, reports UNB.

It also gave final approval to the National Identity Registration Authority Ordinance 2008 with few amendments for ensuring some service-oriented facilities to national ID card-holders, such as during applying for new passport and its renewal, TIN and opening bank account.

Earlier on March 30, the council approved the Ordinance in principle. The meeting also gave approval to recommendation of a committee for the sale of unused movable property of Government Flour and Livestock Feed Mill in Postogola in the capital under Food Directorate according to the existing government rules and regulations. A nine-member committee fixed the value of movable property of the mill at Tk 1,61,73,160.

Established in 1952, the mill did not have any big BMRE and turned into a loss-incurring concern as production had gone down to the lowest level. In 2002, decision for closure of the mill was taken in principle in a meeting on progress in implementation of development projects.

In 2003, the mill was closed down completely. The council of advisers approved another recommendation of a committee to give compensation cost for three items of construction materials - MS rod/steel, brick and bitumen--for proper imple-mentation of government''s development projects in the wake of abnormal rise in prices of construction materials.

The price hike "cast negative-impacts on implementation of government development projects and employment," the meeting was apprised. The compensation would be given after successful completion of the projects by the contractors.

Those who submitted tenders before 31 December 2007 and got notification award or made agreement by April 15, 2008 would be considered for getting compensation. Members of the Advisory Council attended the meeting at the CA''s office. Cabinet Secretary, Secretary to CA''s office, CA''s Press Secretary and Secretaries concerned were also present.

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