RAJSHAHI, Jan 11, 2018 (BSS)- By virtue of realistic and vibrant steps taken by the present government, Bangladesh has attained remarkable success in economic and social sectors during the last nine years, said speakers at a post-rally discussion here today.
They said the successes are visible in all the major and vital areas- ICT, agriculture, education, reduction of infant and maternal mortality, poverty reduction, safety net and women empowerment. The nation is getting international awards one after another as recognition of the achievements.
They were addressing the inaugural session of a three-day 'Development Fair- 2018' for the fourth consecutive time in the city in festive mood to focus the present government's successes relating to the economic and social development.
Earlier on, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the fair through video-conferencing.
The fair organized by District Administration being held in the Rajshahi Collegiate School playground where more than 91 government and associate development organizations are showcasing their respective development achievements through separate stalls.
Commissioner of Rajshahi division Nur-Ur-Rahman and Additional Commissioner Aminul Islam addressed the session as chief and special guests respectively with Deputy Commissioner Helal Mahmud Sharif in the chair.
Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Mahbubor Rahman, Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police Nisharul Arif, District Council Chairman Muhammad Ali sarker and Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Shalahuddin also spoke.
Nur-Ur-Rahman says digitization of government services and expansion of Bangladesh's IT economy was a core principle of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's elections in 2009. As part of her 2014 election pledges, the prime minister launched "Digital Bangladesh, Vision 2021," a plan to fully digitize Bangladesh by 2021.
In the past, the rural poor in Bangladesh had been forced to take long travel to receive the simplest of government services and information, losing wages in the process.
To remedy this, the government created the Access to Information online programme, which brings government services to its citizens. They can access government sites, see public exam results, read online textbooks and take advantage of a range of services staying at home.
Before the inaugural session, a rally was brought out from Green Plaza of Rajshahi City Corporation and that ended at the fair venue after parading some city streets. Large number of government and non-government officials, Freedom Fighters, teachers and volunteers joined the rally.
Side by side with the fair, a number of seminars and reality shows will be held for the students relating to the present government success and SDG achievements.
Nine selected educational institutions will present documentary films on improvements. The fair will present cultural functions based on the Great War of Liberation and present government's successes.
Apart from projection of achievements, the fair has also provision of giving overall idea on SDC and its possible outcomes.