Planning Minister MA Mannan has reiterated his commitment to curbing unnecessary expenditure and misuse of money in development projects.
“We’ve been taught on sense of exactness, austerity from school life. We’ll exercise that in bridling unnecessary project cost and misuse of funds,” Mannan commented on Wednesday.He was addressing the inaugural function of a two day training programme of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) on Strengthening Environment, Climate Change and Disaster Statistics (ECDS) Project. “We must stop unnecessary project costs and I’m drawing your attention in this regard,” he told the government officials present at the event.
“Money is required for doing work. Don’t hesitate in spending the necessary money, but don’t misuse money,” he added.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the minister said they want to follow others who are trying to adapt to the situation.
“We should not only focus on cleanliness but also be careful regarding financial issues,” he told BBS officials.
Mentioning that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is not against necessary expenditure, the minister assured that officials can spend money without any hesitation where money is required.
However, he suggested them remaining cautious while making any kind of project expenditure. In this regard, he especially drew attention of BBS high officials and SID secretary.Mannan said, “People expect some returns from the government officials and staff in exchange of what facilities they have provided to them (officials).”
“We don’t want to pay back to the people and we won’t compromise with our conscience with regard to this,” he also requested officials.
He also put emphasis on credibility of BBS data, saying that people sometimes raise question about the accuracy of the state statistics agency’s data of vital issues.
Statistics and Informatics Division (SID) Secretary Mohammad Yamin Chowdhury said: “Knowing the exact situation prior to taking any initiative is very crucial and statistics plays a big part to this end.”
He said climate related information is very important while implementing the sustainable development agenda.
The government’s SDGs Affairs Chief Coordinator Zuena Aziz, BBS director General Tajul Islam, among others were also present at the event.