Monday, 4 July, 2022

Dutch model followed to devise Delta Plan: Tazul

Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Tazul Islam on Friday said Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 has been framed, following the model of the Netherlands. 

“The government has framed Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100 in the light of the plan of the Netherlands and with the assistance of the country,” he said.

The minister made the statement while speaking at the closing ceremony of ‘International Conference on Bangladesh Delta Plan-2100: Issues and Challenges of Implementation’ at a hotel in the capital.   

Tazul said Bangladesh now needs the assistance and investment from the development partners like World Bank, ADB and JAICA and the developed countries to implement the master plan. He said comparing collapsed economy of Sri Lanka with Bangladesh was illogical.

“Bangladesh is ruled by its own guidelines, not by the guidelines of Sri Lanka. So, comparing Bangladesh with Sri Lanka is illogical and incompatible,” said the minister.

“The economic condition of Bangladesh has undergone a change. The per capita income and the purchase capacity of people have increased. Developed countries and international agencies are making investments in Bangladesh.

 It was possible due to the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he observed. 

Tazul said the government has framed the longstanding and ambitious plan to develop Bangladesh as a self sufficient country.

The minister also said, “As part of implementation of the plan, the government signed a letter of intent with the government of the Netherlands. Under the letter of intent, the Dutch government will initiate pilot projects at Raozan in Chattogram and at Keshabpur in Jashore to tackle the challenges of climate change. If the pilot project is successful, we will initiate the same project in more than 10 municipalities.”