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Previous govts not farsighted

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  • 27th September, 2021 09:49:05 PM
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Previous govts not farsighted

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State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam said that the previous governments were not farsighted as they could not implement any five-year plan.

“The Prime Minister has proven her level and farsightedness. Prior to assuming power by Sheikh Hasina, no previous governments could complete any five-year plan and implement any five-year plan. They had no plan and no farsightedness,” he said.

He made the observation at a seminar styled: Sheikh Hasina: Leadership, Humanity and Farsightedness held at the National Press Club on Monday.

Bangladesh Pragatishil Collumnist Forum organized the seminar marking Sheikh Hasina’s 75th birth anniversary.

Former IGP AKM Shahidul Haque, former president of the Press Club and the Daily Jugantor Editor Saiful Alam, Jagannath University’s treasurer of Prof Dr Kamaluddin Ahmed and proctor Prof Dr Mostafa Kamal, among others, also spoke at the seminar held with the Forum convener Dr Mizanur Rahaman.

For vice-chancellor of Islamic University Dr Rashid Ashkari presented the keynote paper at the event.

After assuming power in 1996, Awami League government picked up five-year plan in 1997 and reformed the previous one, Dr Alam said, adding that the PM gave importance to private sector, lowered inflation and led the country to food sufficiency.

Besides, she successfully addressed floods, signed peace deal and introduced old age allowance, freedom fighter allowance and other allowances.

The Prime Minister has always believed in planning, he stated. There were no five-year plans from 2002 to 2009 and then the country was run according to World Bank’s prescription, he alleged.

He highlighted that Bangladesh is now being driven by long term plans, which has been reflected in increased rate of literacy and average life expectancy.

He said Bangladesh is on the right track to achieve SDGS by 2030.

However, the state minister for planning put emphasis on continuation of the drives against corruption to maintain the success of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.