Internet for all by 2021: Palak

Staff Correspondent

17 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government has emphasized connectivity during the last 12 years of its Digital Bangladesh programme, bringing 3,800 unions under the broadband internet facilities, ICT State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak has said on Saturday.

Addressing a press meet at ICT Tower in the capital, the state minister also pledged to ensure internet for all by 2021.

ICT Division organized the press meet to share the progress of the government in Digital Bangladesh programme under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy as pioneers in leading the vision for a Digital Bangladesh, Palak said employments in technology sector reached 1.5 million now from only 50,000 in 2008.

“The number of internet users was only 5.6 million in 2008, which has reached nearly 120 million now. We made a record by having the

world’s largest public website window ( in 2021 with more than 51,000 sites.” he said.

Department of ICT Director-General ABM Arshad Hossain, BCC Executive Director Parthapratim Deb, Hi-tech Park Authority Managing Director Hosne Ara Begum, Digital Security Agency Director General Md Rezaul Karim, A2i project director Mohammad Abdul Mannan attended the meeting with ICT Division senior secretary Zeaul Alam in the chair.

Bangladeshi robot Maisha moderated the meeting along with LICT project policy advisor Sami Ahmed.

Palak mentioned that five hi-tech parks are now ready for investment and the government plans to establish 39 hi-tech parks. Some 6,790 digital centres served 548.5 million people with 964 digital services in the last 12 years, the state minister informed.

Over the last 12 years, the government developed skilled workforces of 1.5 million people in the technology sector to meet the growing demand for tech resources.

 “As the ICT backbone is ready, all the officials activities including administration, court, medical service, education and trading can now be done virtually. The corona portal and Covid-19 tracer are helping authorities in pandemic management,” Palak said.

 “The government has reduced the use of pen and papers in official activities by introducing e-office programme. Around 90,000 officials of 8,000 public offices are now using digital tools. Some 14.3 million files are processed through the e-filing system till today (Saturday),” he noted.