Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam on Friday said the Local Government Division (LGD) will be digitised completely very soon to ensure that all services and facilities of the government reach the people’s doorsteps.
“To fully attain the Digital Bangladesh goal, the LGD and its facilities will be available online to reach the hands of people ... the process will be completed soon,” he said.
He made the announcement while addressing as chief guest at the closing ceremony of the seven-day 'Digital Services Design Lab' programme arranged by LGD with support from Access to Information (a2i) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) division at the Local Government Engineering Division (LGED) Office in the city’s Agargaon.
At the programme, the background of the Digital Services Roadmap and the concept of Digital Services Design Lab were introduced to government officials working under different ministries.
The minister said the country will progress further if everyone gets involved. “If we can ensure the participation of all stakeholders, our Digital Bangladesh will prosper keeping pace with the developed countries,” he said.
State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said a significant number of government facilities have already been digitised and the rest will follow by 2021.
“Among 2,800 government facilities, 628 have already been digitised ... we’re hopeful about fully digitising the remaining facilities by 2021,” he said.
He emphasised the need to create an integrated platform titled ‘My Government’ to deliver all government services to the hands of the public.
Senior Secretary of ICT division NM Ziaul Alam, chief engineer of the Local Government Engineering Department Khalil Rahman, UNDP resident representative Sudipto Mukerjee were also present at the programme. Additional Secretary of the Local Government Division Roxana Quader presided over the function.
According to data presented at the programme, 628 facilities of 20 ministries have been designed and implemented as digital services through the Digital Services Design Lab including 128 facilities of 14 organisations under LGD. This will help the LGD to save over Tk 1,100 crore per year.
About 1,000 new ‘Government to Citizen’ and ‘Government to Business’ facilities will be introduced on digital platform by 2021.
Expressing concern over possible danger owing to plans to build a coal power hub in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) President Sultana Kamal on Friday said development should be well planned and environment-friendly.
“We’re not against development. But it should be well-planned and in the public interest to preserves the environment,” she said while speaking at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
She said the government is on the way to destroy sensitive areas like forest, hills, ocean and above all, the environment.
“Why these sensitive spots are repeatedly being selected in the name of development?” she asked.
BAPA’s Executive Vice-President Dr Md Abdul Matin, General Secretary Sharif Jamil, Executive Director of Transparency International Bangladesh Dr Iftekharuzzaman, among others, spoke on the occasion.
The press conference was organised to release a report titled ‘The tourist capital of Bangladesh endangered by plans to build the largest coal power hub in the world’.
Tamanna Nusrat Bubly, a Member of Parliament (MP) from reserved seat-24, who had made headlines for cheating in degree test, was expelled Friday by the Awami League.
District Awami League President and MP from Sadar-1 constituency Md Nurul Islam Hiru (Bir Pratik) confirmed the matter to UNB after a meeting at the party’s office in the afternoon.
In October, Bangladesh Open University expelled Bubly after cancelling her registration and examinations for using proxy.
The widow of former Narsingdi municipality mayor and Awami League leader Lokman Hossain was elected an MP from the reserved seats for women earlier this year.
Bubly, who has a Higher Secondary Certificate, got admitted to BOU’s BA course.
According to media reports, she had sent other people to eight exams as proxy candidates while she stayed in Dhaka. One of them was caught red-handed.
Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday showed interest to import bicycles from Bangladesh.
“There’s a huge demand for bicycles in West Bengal. So, Bangladesh can utilise this opportunity by exporting bicycles to West Bengal,” Mamata said.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen briefed reporters about the outcome of the meeting.
Placing two proposals in this regard, the West Bengal chief minister said Bangladesh entrepreneurs can set up bicycle industries in joint venture in West Bengal and her government will allocate lands for them.
Secondly, she said, Bangladeshi investors can set up such industries in Bangladesh’s bordering areas. It will reduce transportation cost to a great extent, Mamata said.
Dr Momen said the West Bengal chief minister put emphasis on cooperation between Bangladesh and West Bengal in the fields of education, healthcare and industries.
Mamata apprised the Prime Minister of their social welfare programmes and mentioned that West Bengal achieved the highest 8 percent GDP among Indian states.
In this context, Sheikh Hasina also focused on social safety net programmes of Bangladesh as well as various steps of her government for the development of education in the country.
At the outset of the meeting, they exchanged greetings, said the Foreign Minister.
He said the West Bengal chief minister thanked the Prime Minister for visiting Kolkata to watch the historic day-night Test match between Bangladesh and India at Eden Gardens.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguli Das were present.
Sheikh Hasina on Friday morning went to Kolkata on a short visit and jointly rang the bell for the opening of the ever-first day-night Test match for both Bangladesh and India.
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, a former student of Chittagong University (CU), reminisced his old days on Friday.
“We used to sing loudly while travelling on the shuttle train from the city to the university campus,” he said.
Mahmud was speaking at the university’s reunion, organised by CU Alumni Association at GEC Convention Centre in the port city.
“I wish if I could sing loudly with my friends again,” he said.
CU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Shireen Akhter, alumni association’s President Abdul Karim, General Secretary Mahbubul Alam, and hundreds of former students attended the programme.