Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin on Thursday said transparency and quality will be ensured while implementing the projects funded by Bangladesh Climate Change Trust Fund (BCCTF).
“Monitoring and supervision activities will be intensified aiming to complete the ongoing climate projects within the stipulated timeframe,” he told the 53rd trustee board meeting of Bangladesh Climate Change Trust through videoconferencing.The minister said initiatives have been taken to evaluate the projects, financed by BCCTF through outsourcing, a ministry press release said. As the first country, Bangladesh formed the BCCTF with its own funding under the special initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which is a unique example in the world, he said.
Shahab Uddin said about 789 projects have so far been taken with the funding of the BCCTF. The successful implementation of these projects will help enable the country to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change, he added.
Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Water
Resources Zaheed Farooque, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Fazilatun Nesa, Deputy Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Begum Habibun Nahar, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Secretary Ziaul Hasan, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and secretaries of various ministries also spoke at the meeting.
The meeting approved the revised proposals for inter-sectoral coordination of 18 ongoing projects and application for extension of timeframe for 40 projects.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the period of the ongoing projects, including the new projects, have been extended by one year from the approved period or extended time period.The meeting also approved the application for extension of one year from the approved period for all the ongoing projects, which have expired in June, 2020.
It decided to take action against the project directors following PPR if any irregularity is found in the ongoing projects financed by BCCTF.
Tuition waiver instruction for students likely this month
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education is likely to come up with new instructions by this month for collecting tuition fees from students amid coronavirus pandemic.
Parents having financial constraint may get partial discount on the tuition fees for their children.
Director General Prof Dr Syed Golam Faruk on Thursday said, “Some parents are currently facing financial hardship for the ongoing corona situation. Their children will avail concessions in providing tuition fees. Some educational institutions are facing difficulty regarding collection of student’s tuition fees in district level schools, including the capital. The percentage of such institutions is almost 20 percent.”
“Considering this, we have started preparing instructions. The instructions will be disclosed in this month,” he said.