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Dev fair makes people more aware about govt uplift activities

DHAKA, Jan 12, 2017 (BSS) - The three-day "Development Fair-2017" ended yesterday made the people more aware about the government's uplift activities by bringing forth the hitherto success stories in all sectors that would lead Bangladesh towards the Vision 2021 and the Vision 2041 through achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

"The fair concluded on Wednesday drawing huge crowd in Dhaka, 490 upzilas and 64 district towns across the country by showcasing the government's success," Dr Dewan M Humayun Kabir, a director in the Prime Minister's office, told BSS here today.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the event through videoconferencing on January 9 from Gonabhaban. The theme of the fair was "Unnayoner Ganatantra, Sheikh Hasina's Mool Mantra" (Democracy for Development is the Key Motto of Sheikh Hasina).

Kabir said the government and non-government organisations, banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions have showcased their success stories by opening a total of 24,440 stalls across the country.

He said all participating institutions have projected their respective development activities, success, future plans and ways of materializing the dream through emphasising 10 special initiatives to make a poverty and hunger-free nation as dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The initiatives are - Ekti Bari, Ekti Khamar (One House, One Farm) Project; Ashrayan Prokalpa (shelter project); Digital Bangladesh; Education Assistance Programme; Women Empowerment Programme; Electricity for All; Social Safety Programme; Community Clinic and Mental Health; Investment Development and Environment Protection. The Prime Minister, Kabir said, is working relentlessly to give the people economic freedom like her father, who gave the country political freedom.

Kabir said the event also included discussions, cultural function to focus the War of Liberation and socioeconomic development of the country.

SM Mahbub Alam, Labour Inspector (Safety) in the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments, said "We informed nearly 500 people including workers, factory owners and students about the process of getting factory license, way of protecting labour rights and safety and security issues in the factory."

The visitors became very pleased as they knew everything from a single booth and they wrote good comments in the comment book, he added.

"I had no idea about the government's uplift activates, but now I am well informed about the country's development goals including mega projects, seventh five year plan and SDGs," said Tania Ferdous Tarin, a student of Feni Government college, who visited the development fair at Feni town.