PM directs Finance Ministry to inform rate schedule changes
Published: 08:43 PM, 1 December 2020
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held at the NEC conference room in the capital`s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar from her Ganobhaban resident today; Photo-PID.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today directed to inform the Ministry of Finance about the change in the rate schedule for the implementation of the project. She said the rate schedule for development projects could not be changed at will.
She came up with the directive at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday.
ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held at the NEC conference room in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar from her Ganobhaban resident.
The Prime Minister gave the order to change the rate schedule while approving the project titled 'Re-excavation of Arial Khan River, Haribhanga, Brahmaputra River, Pahariya River, Meghna tributary River and Old Brahmaputra tributary River in Narsingdi district. Note that the cost of the project has increased by 70 percent.
At the end of the meeting, a member of the General Economics Department of the Planning Commission (Senior Secretary) Shamsul Alam informed the matter.
Dr. Shamsul Alam said the Prime Minister also directed to monitor whether the allocation of the local government is being spent properly.
The Prime Minister said, "We are allocating many projects to various city corporations under the Ministry of Local Government." But it is necessary to monitor whether the expenditure is being spent properly or not. He also assured that the Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives would inspect the projects by forming a committee.
The premier directed to expand the telecommunication network in remote areas of the country while approving the project titled 'Modernization of Telecommunication Network for Digital Connection'. In this case, Haor, Beel, Char and hilly areas have been asked to be covered.
During the presentation of the third submarine cable network project, the concerned ministry informed that Bangladesh is exporting broadband to Seven Sisters of India. In the meantime, a bandwidth export agreement has been signed with Bhutan. Besides, Saudi Arabia wants to buy bandwidth from Bangladesh. The Prime Minister was happy with this information and thanked those concerned about undertaking such a project at the right time.