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Digital Bangladesh Day 2021 observed

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Fifth “Digital Bangladesh Day 2021” was observed through various programmes across the country on Sunday.

On December 12, 2008, Awami League president and later elected to prime minister Sheikh Hasina pledged to the nation to build “Digital Bangladesh” if elected to the government.

The day was introduced in 2018 remembering the day of this historic announcement.

 With the theme “Digital Bangladesh-er Orjan, Upakrito Sakal Janagan”, the ICT Division chalked out elaborate programmes to celebrate the day.

 The programmes included placing of floral wreaths at portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, award distribution, discussion, photo exhibition and cultural programmes.

In line with the national programmes, Bangladesh missions in abroad celebrated the day in different countries.

Earlier in the morning, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Digital Bangladesh Day 2021 and distributed Digital Bangladesh Awards at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in Dhaka joining virtually.

On behalf of the prime minister, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak distributed crests, cheques and certificates among 24 Digital Bangladesh Award winners.

The recipients include DNCC and BGMEA in three categories -- best person, organisation and team -- in government and private levels.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus received the award on behalf of the best team in technical field for developing and introducing the Covid-19 Surokhya App.

Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) won the Digital Bangladesh Award 2021 at the national level under the government institution category (general).

DNCC received the award for the development and launch of "Shobar Dhaka" – a mobile phone application used to communicate with city officials and report irregularities.

Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) received the Digital Bangladesh Award 2021 for the association's Biometric Identity and Worker Information Management System.

Earlier, State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at his portrait at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka.

A discussion meeting was held at South Plaza of National Parliament premises.

Jatiya Sangsad chief whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury attended the discussion as the chief guest, with State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak in the chair.