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8 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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New ministers find ongoing project completion main challenge

DEEPAK ACHARJEE, Dhaka
New ministers find ongoing project completion main challenge
President Abdul Hamid administers oath to 24 ministers of the cabinet of the newly-elected Awami League-led government at Darbar Hall of Bangabhaban yesterday. PID Photo

The newly appointed ministers and state ministers of the Sheikh Hasina government have said that the main challenge is to implement the ongoing projects, especially the 10 mega projects, in time. After taking oath at Bangabhaban yesterday (Monday) afternoon, the new finance minister, AHM Mustafa Kamal, told reporters that they want to implement all the projects in time.

“We should have challenges and the challenges will bring opportunities for us after facing these successfully,” he said. He hoped that the gross domestic product (GDP) in the current fiscal year will reach 8.25 per cent. Mustafa Kamal said he wants to reform the banking sector and the stock market.

Mustafa Kamal, who was the planning minister in the earlier government, said he will show zero tolerance for corruption and sought the cooperation of all.

Taking to reporters after taking the oath, the new foreign minister, Dr AK Abdul Momen, said he wants to speed up "economic diplomacy" to build Bangladesh as a developed country. “We have to increase global commercial communication to strengthen the economy. At the same time, we want to give a new dimension to relations with other countries and strengthen ties with them,” he added.

When contacted, law minister advocate Anisul Huque said the challenges of the government is to complete all the work taken up by the earlier Hasina government.

The newly appointed commerce minister, Tipu Munshi, said ministership is a challenge, not fun. “Our party has taken up plans to raise the manpower by increasing business and investment,” he added.

Another minister, SM Rezaul Karim, who got the Ministry of Public Works, said his main challenge is to contain corruption in the works department. “My second challenge is to make sure that every village receives urban facilities as per our party manifesto,” he added. The minister for environment, forest and climate change, Md Shahab Uddin, said there will be many challenges and all the changes would be faced successfully. “I will try to perform my duty as a minister respectfully,” he added. The LGRD state minister, Swapan Bhattacharjee, said there will be challenges in his new duty and he will try to do his job with full responsibility.

After taking oath as home minister for the second consecutive term, Asaduzzaman Khan reiterated his stance of taking all out measures to free the country from the menace of militancy and illegal drugs, adds BSS.

“My responsibilities have been increased by manifolds as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina keeps her trust on me for the second terms and I will try my best to honour her faith in me,” he said.

Describing the second assignment as a big challenge, he said, “I will definitely give my best possible efforts to root out militancy and stop abuse of drugs from the country in line with the government’s ‘zero tolerance policy’ against the menace.”

Newly appointed Education Minister Dipu Moni said she would work under the guidance of the prime minister to maintain the pace of development in the education sector.

“Education sector is an important sector and as a minister I would work sincerely maintaining the policy and objectives of the government,” Dipu Moni said after taking oath.

After getting reassignment as state minister for power, energy and mineral resources for the second consecutive terms, Nasrul Hamid reiterated his stance of taking all out measures to ensure quality, reliable and affordable electricity to all.

“I am very much sincere about my responsibility that has been given by Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to improve the sector further and I will try my level best to live up to her expectations,” he  said.

Nasrul Hamid said the ministry will give priority to ensure reliable and affordable electricity for all as the government is pledged to bring all citizens under electricity coverage by 2021.

The Prime Minister is heading a Cabinet of 24 ministers, 19 ministers of state and three state ministers after taking the oath on Monday.

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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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