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‘Country could have achieved far success barring BNP’s ill politics’

BSS, Chattogram

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said Bangladesh could have gone a long way in the development landscape in the last ten years if the BNP and its allies had not had a negative politics in the country. “Dhaka-Chattogram highway, also known as the economic life line of the country, remained under siege enforced by BNP days after days as they (BNP) used to hurl petrol bombs.

They held the people hostage in those days. Prolonged chaos triggered by BNP harmed the country to achieve its expected level of economic development,” the minister said.

He said negative politics of BNP was the main obstruction towards achieving development of the country. Dr Hasan was addressing the divisional discussion on “Decade of Industry and Trade development” held at World Trade Centre in the city on Friday evening. The information minister said everyone can criticise the government but it should be objective.

He said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has reached to a new height in recent years. Hasan said the average per capital income was $ 600 in last ten years while it now stands at $ 2000 dollars. During 2008, 41 per cent people were living below poverty level but now the percentage comes down to 20, he added.

He said Bangladesh has become a food surplus country due to accelerated pace of industrialisation. The information minister said under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Bangladesh trumped over hunger and poverty.

Moreover, the poverty reduced to 50 per cent compared to earlier and Bangladesh is now a case study country to the World Food Organisation, Hasan said. The information minister said about 15 crore people of the country are using mobile phones while three crore people are having access to Facebook.

The information minister also said about 94 per cent residents of the country are getting power facilities. “We hope in Mujib Year, the country will be able to bring cent per cent people under electricity coverage”, he added. AL commerce and industries secretary Mohammad Abdus Sattar delivered the welcome address while advisor to the AL and eminent social scientist Dr Anupom Sen addressed the function as the main speaker.

AL Commerce And Industries Sub-committee President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed presided over the function, also addressed by city Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin, MA Latif MP, deputy publicity and publication secretary of AL Aminul Islam Amin, special assistant to the Prime Minister and AL deputy office secretary Barrister Biplop Barua, President of Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CCCI) Mahbubul Alam.

Directors of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, representatives of different trade organizations and local elites among others were present at the meeting.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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