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16 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 July, 2019 01:36:43 AM
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DCs seek independent district budgets

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

In the second day of their five-day conference, the deputy commissioners (DCs) yesterday urged the government to introduce ‘Independent District Budget’ for all 64 districts in the country. The DCs made this request to the Prime Minister’s Finance Division affairs adviser, Dr Mashiur Rahman, during the session of the finance ministry at the Cabinet Division yesterday (Monday).

“The Independent District budget could be introduced for the sake of economic prosperity, developmental activities and infrastructural and environmental development in the district,” the DCs explained to the PM’s finance adviser.

The field officials also recommended that an ‘Income Tax Affairs Committee’ be formed at each district and upazila level, headed by the respective deputy commissioner (DC) and the upazila nirbahi officer (UNO), so as to properly collect income tax.   

Briefing the reporters, Dr Mashiur Rahman said the National Board of Revenue (NBR) had placed a proposal to appoint an officer and increase employees at district and upazila levels to widen the tax net. “We will examine the DCs’ proposal in this regard,” Dr Rahman said.

On DCs’ proposal to give authority up to Tk. 1 crore, the PM’s adviser said the proposal would be examined. He added that the DCs also proposed making the terms and conditions for providing micro credit loans easier.

In a separate session of the education ministry, education minister Dr Dipu Moni informed the reporters that they are planning to launch a specialised TV channel ‘Shikhya (Education) TV’ to broadcast the classes of best teachers for the students.

“At the same time, different awareness-building programmes, including sexual harassment and related student affairs, would be aired through the TV channels,” she said.

Dr Dipu Moni said they have advised the field officials to take steps to improve the teaching quality of the teachers of their respective districts to ensure quality education.

In another session of the conference, information minister Dr Hasan Mahmud disclosed that the ministry has so far received over 8,000 applications for registration of online news portals. He said it would take time to scrutinise the applications as there are so many.

In a separate session of the conference, Liberation War affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque said as part of celebrating ‘Mujib Year’, the government would construct 16,000 homes for the insolvent freedom fighters. He instructed the DCs to monitor the projects so that they proceed properly.

Meanwhile, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid informed the DCs that the government would not provide gas and electricity connections to the factories outside the planned industrial zones.

“The decision will go into effect right now,” he said, while briefing reporters after a session of the DCs.

Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s instructions, he said the industrial units cannot be established in a haphazard manner. “We’ve told the deputy commissioners that we’ll not give gas and electricity connections anywhere, except in the planned industrial areas. It’s absolutely clear.”

Industrial zones mean economic zones and industrial estates of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), he said.

The DCs’ conference was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on July 14. It ends on July 18.

The working sessions of the DCs’ conference are being held at the Cabinet Division at the Secretariat where the ministers, the state minister and deputy ministers and secretaries of the relevant ministries are taking part in issuing directives to the DCs.

Sources said there would be 29 sessions in which the DCs would place a total of 333 proposals.

 

 

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