Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the authorities concerned to prepare a master-plan for rural Bangladesh aiming at prevention of loss of arable land and stop jumbling of unplanned building construction.
The Prime Minister’s directions came on Sunday in line with her 2018-election pledges that she would ensure all civic amenities in villages aiming at turning Bangladesh into a developed nation by 2041.
Hasina was addressing officials at the Local Government Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry during her weekly visit to different ministries.
Bangladesh has 492 upazilas, the second largest tire of the local government institutes mostly townships, where elected representatives looks after the development schemes. But, unplanned development of the small towns creates chaotic situation.
“Unplanned development should be regulated, and roads and ways for the upazilas must be planned,” Hasina said asking for a master-plan for those units in the rural Bangladesh.
Layouts for housing, hospitals, markets, educational institutes, playgrounds, industries, farms and crop land must be earmarked in every sub-districts as per the plan, she added.
“We must ensure development from grassroots level,” Hasina said refereeing to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s plan for development of the districts after the country’s independence.
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Md Tazul Islam, State Minister Swapan Bhattacharjee and Secretary of the ministry SM Golam Faruk were present at the meeting among others.
Hasina said the government has been contemplating allocations separately in the national budget for district and upazila taking into consideration their size, population and geographical location to deliver services as per demands.
It will help ensure optimum utilization of public money, she added.
She said her government wants to decentralize the administration gradually aimed at strengthening the local government bodies, engaging them in local development initiatives and making it sustainable.
Hasina said the ‘one house, one homestead’ project had been initiated so that every piece of fallow land comes under cultivation to help villagers find a source of income.