The country is moving faster to emerge an economic power by 2041 under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaving behind the bad days of poverty and natural calamities when it was treated as bottomless basket by some big power in early 1970s.
The issue came up for discussion in the parliament on Sunday last week while MPs were taking part in President Abdul Hamid address to the opening of 11th parliament. A number of ministers, lawmakers from treasury bench and the opposition took part in the debate as part of thank giving to the president.
The president’s speech highlighted the success of the government over the past decade and shed light on the big development targets it is working on to accelerate the country’s progress.
Earlier on January 30, the President had addressed parliament marking the opening of the new parliament. Planning Minister MA Mannanjoining the debate called upon all political parties on the occasion to get involved with the development programmes of the government.
Senior ruling party lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim said once Bangladesh was a monga-prone country with food deficit of 40 lakh tones where total food production was 2.78 crore tones a year. Now the country produces around 4.13 crore tonnes every year, he added.
DrRazzak said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the only leader who has taken the country to a new a height of development. He said the country is no longer a food deficit country, but rather exporting rice. IT has already secured 4th position in rice production with over four crore tonnes of food grains and 3rd position in vegetable and fish production, Razzak said adding that the country produces 1.30 crore tonnes of potatoes against its demand of only 70 lakh tonnes.
Referring to energy sector development, the minister said Bangladesh now generates around 20,400 MW electricity while it was only 3,200 megawatts during BNP-Jammatregime. “Now rural people are getting access to power and enjoying other modern facilities,” he maintained.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momentold the House, “Our main objective is economic diplomacy in all foreign missions to allure economic investment.” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “We have successfully controlled militancy and terrorism; now we are fighting against drugs.”
pposition lawmaker and former minister Syed Anisul Islam Mahmud said Bangladesh has made huge economic progress. Deputy Minister for Water Resources EnamulHaqShamim said BNP leader Tarique Rahman created ‘HawaBhaban’ in parallel with the administration during the four-party alliance government, it had spread corruption and destroyed the proper system of administration.
Private Industries and Investment Advisor to the Prime Minister Salman F Rahman, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahabuddin Ahmed, former ministers Abdul MatinKhosru, Mohammad Nasim, AKM Shahjahan Kamal, lawmakers AkberHossenPathanFaruque, Abdul Mannnan and opposition lawmaker KaziFeroz Rashid, among others, also spoke on the occasion.
The lawmakers also thanked the President for highlighting the government success in development and guiding the nation towards peace, progress and prosperity. Earlier, they paid a rich tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for his contribution to establishing an independent Bangladesh.