Mannan calls for rigorous project scrutiny

Staff Correspondent

10 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Tuesday called upon officials dealing with project evaluation to perform their job very strictly and objectively to address the loopholes.

“Development projects should go through rigorous scrutiny. Their evaluation has to be objective and no flexibility should be shown in this matter,” the planning minister told Implementation monitoring & evaluation division (IMED) officials.  

“The days of fear have gone. You’ve to hold your heads high,” he said at an orientation workshop that IMED held as part of its initiative for impact assessment for some important finished and ongoing projects.

The minister also whipped the officials to finish their work quickly but applying merits as a return to the general taxpayers’ money.

“Work has to be done quickly and applying merit. Files should not pile up, “Mannan told officials, adding: “General people are giving tax with starving. We’re going on well with that money. But it makes no sense if you don’t do your job.”

“When projects are well implemented, we feel proud. When ADP’s 98 percent is implemented we take pride in placing that before the Prime Minister and the media,” he added.

IMED Secretary Pradip Ranjan Chakrabarty said: “Even projects are being evaluated with the money from collected revenues despite the corona pandemic. The government has not stopped the work.”

He claimed that IMED has carefully selected projects for evaluation to assess effectiveness of the health, education and infrastructure projects approved by the Ecnec. 

IMED has selected 30 ongoing and complete projects for close monitoring and impact assessment for ongoing 2020-21 fiscal year with third party engagement.

Of the projects, 22 are ongoing and 8 are finished projects. Firms and consultants have already been appointed for the job. The orientation workshop gave necessary instructions to the appointed firms for the monitoring and evaluation job.  The ongoing projects selected for close monitoring include Aminbazar-Mawa-Mongla 400kv power transmission line project, Matarbari 1,200MW coal-fired power plant, Freedom fighters’ complex building construction at district level projects, western Bangladesh bridge improvement project, urban resilience project, and important rural infrastructure improvement project-2.

Urban primary healthcare services delivery project (2nd phase), the Garai River dredging and embankment protection project, BSCIC chemical industrial park project, among others.

The impact assessment project include rural electrification expansion to 1.8m new subscribers, construction of Sheikh Kamal, Sheikh Jamal and Sheikh Russell bridges in Patuakhali-Kuakata road, Bangladesh rural water supply and sanitation project, safe crop production through integrated pest management (IPM) project, my house my farm (4th revised) project, construction of burn treatment hospital for fire service and civil defence, scientific equipment procurement for public universities project, and improving Banapole, Burimari land ports project under SASEC road connectivity project, among others.