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Govt to build 50 youth technical training centres at upazilas

ECNEC approves 20 projects involving over Tk 140bn

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 August, 2023 12:00 AM
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The government will set up 50 technical training centres (TTC) at upazila level across Bangladesh spending Tk 37.51 billion to improve the skill level of youths willing to go abroad.

Approval for the project came at the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting on Tuesday, held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.  

At a news briefing later, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that the meeting approved a total of 20 projects, including 13 new, involving an overall estimated cost of Tk 140.78 billion. 

In addition, ECNEC extended the deadlines for completing five projects without increasing their expenditures.

State Minister for Planning Dr. Shamsul Alam, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were also present during the briefing.

According to the Planning Commission officials, the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET) under the Ministry of Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employments will implement the project of setting up the TTCs by March 2028. The entire fund will come from the government exchequer.

The main project operations include land acquisition, construction of buildings, procurement of machineries, furniture, and recruiting skilled trainers for the training centres.

The other projects approved in the meeting are Smallholder Agricultural Competitiveness Project (SACP), second revised with an additional cost of Tk 4.20 billion, Important Rural Infrastructures Development of Gopalganj District, the second phase with Tk 8.15 billion, Climate and Disaster Resilient Small-Scale Water Resources Management Project (CDRSSWRMP) with Tk 22.36 billion, and Protection of Infrastructures Built on Noler Char at Hatia Upazila of Noakhali District from the River Erosion of Meghna River with Tk 3.78 billion.  

The projects also include Shubhadda Khal Reexcavation alongside Development and Protection of Both Sides of

the Khal under Keraniganj Upazila in Dhaka District, first phase with Tk 3.18 billion, Mohananda River Dredging and Construction of Rubber Dam under Chapainawabganj Sadar Upazila, the second revised with an additional cost of Tk 643 million, Construction of New Building for Bagerhat Collectorate with Tk 1.30 billion, Modernisation of Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy Children’s Park with Tk 6.04 billion, and Inauguration of Two Connecting Roads from Purbachal 300 Feet Road to Madani Avenue at Tk 3.10 billion. 

The more projects approved in the meeting are: Construction of Borobhanga Bridge on the 25th kilometer of Sylhet (Telikhal)-Sultanpur-Balaganj (Z-2013) Highway under Sylhet Division with Tk 1.27 billion, and Ramerkanda-Lakirchar Connecting Road Development Project under Munshiganj Roads Division with Tk 5.15 billion.  The other projects include Establishment of 500-bed Hospitals and Ancillary Buildings in Jashore, Cox’s Bazar and Pabna, and Abdul Malek Ukil Medical College and Nurul Haque Modern Hospital in Noakhali, first revised with an additional cost of Tk 13.12 billion, Child, Maternal and Health Management Component, Modernisation of Diagnostic Imaging System at Medical College Hospitals of Eight Divisional Cities, first revised with an additional cost of Tk 1.95 billion and Expansion of Infrastructures and Academic Operations of Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, first revised with an additional cost of Tk 3.87 billion. 

The projects also include Leaving No One Behind: Improving Skills and Economic Opportunities for the Women and Youths in Cox’s Bazar with Tk 1.77 billion, Construction of Patuakhali Export Processing Zones with Tk 14.43 billion, Economic Census 2023 with Tk 5.8 billion, Establishment of Gas Distribution Pipeline Network in Rangpur, Nilphamari, Pirganj towns and adjacent areas, first revised with an additional cost of Tk 685 million, and Construction of Syedpur 150 MW Simple Cycle-based Power Plant, first revised with an additional cost of Tk 2.49 billion. Ministers, state ministers, Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned attended the ECNEC meeting.