Awami League Election Pledges (Part-1)

Work on to equip rural areas with urban facilities

Anaet Shawon

29 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Awami League-led government has been working relentlessly to provide all urban facilities for the people in the country’s rural areas as per its election pledge.

In a bid to implement its poll pledge made before the 2018 national elections, the government has taken various time-befitting measures to equip the rural areas with urban facilities with a motto ‘My Village, My Town’.

Work is going on to provide IT facilities, electricity, healthcare and education, safe drinking water and sanitation, improved roads and other infrastructure for the village people.

The government under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina is also working to expand cooperative, promote handicrafts and tourism in rural areas of the country.

Besides its ongoing work to ensure civic amenities, the present government has been providing some 200 types of e-services for the rural people.

Planning Minister MA Mannan told the Daily Sun that work is going on to transform villages into towns by bringing all houses under electricity coverage    and ensuring health services through community clinics in rural areas.

“The planning ministry is working in line with the government’s pledges as it is a constitutional responsibility. The previous governments hardly did anything for development of the villages,” he said.

The minister mentioned that economy of the country is in a good position despite the ongoing covid-19 pandemic according to the World Bank and IMF indexes.

“The government has already fulfilled almost 50 percent of its poll pledges by ensuring supply of electricity in villages, which has created huge employment opportunities for the rural youths,” he added.

Sources said after assuming office, the Awami League-led government directed all the ministries to take village-oriented projects for development of the rural areas.

The government has also a plan to set up broadband connectivity in all the unions, including 617 remote areas across the country, by 2021, the sources added.

The government has a target to ensure 100 percent electrification of households by 2021. The power, energy and mineral resources ministry has already achieve 98 percent of its target in the current term alongside promoting use of renewable energy.

The government has taken a pilot project to equip villages with civic amenities in 25 villages under the local government division and rural development and cooperatives division.

Talking to the Daily Sun, Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam said all the ministries are working together to implement the electoral pledges.

“We’ve undertaken a mega project ‘My Village, My Town’. A committee has been working to this effect. We’ve also taken a pilot project to ensure civic amenities in 10 villages. Work on the project is underway,” he added.

Sources concerned said that the present government has been working to promote handicrafts in villages, which have already created huge job opportunities in the country.

New business opportunities have been created in the country as the government has ensured internet facilities in cities and villages. Millions of jobless youths have become self-reliant by doing e-commerce and F-commerce.

The government has handed over many houses to homeless people under the ‘One House, One Farm’ project while the tourism ministry is working to promote tourism in villages without wasting agricultural land and without harming environment.

As per government steps to ensure welfare of the distressed rural people, around 1.1 million people have been brought under the social safety net programme in 112 upazilas of the country.