September 18, 1972
Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today expresses his government's anxiety over the food situation and high prices of essential commodities. He says, "We will have to bring prices down."
Addressing the inaugural session of the commissioners and deputy commissioners' conference at the Gono Bhaban, Bangabandhu advises officials to streamline distribution and to rush food grains to the deficit pockets. He expresses satisfaction at the arrangements made so far for procuring food from abroad.
He asserts that the process of importing food must continue until the shortfall is overcome. He, however, says, "We can't go on depending on the imports of food grains as such. All measures should be taken to increase the production at home and for this all necessary imports must be arranged as expeditiously as possible."
The prime minister asks officials to resolve any case of complaint in the distribution of relief materials. He says that malpractices of any kind in relief work will not be tolerated. Bangabandhu calls upon the officials to gear up the administrative machinery to meet the challenging demand.
After the meeting with commissioners, Bangabandhu holds a separate meeting with IG, DIGs and SPs.
BANGABANDHU MEETS POLYTECH STUDENTS
The students of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute bring out a procession in support of their 5-point demand today. They demonstrate in front of the secretariat. Failing to meet the education minister, they go straight to Gono Bhaban to meet Bangabandhu. The representatives of the polytechnic students meet Bangabandhu and apprise him of their demands. Bangabandhu gives them a patient hearing.
The 5-point demands include a total change in the system of technical education, provision for enabling them to pursue BSc engineering course, increase in the number of seats in polytechnic institutes and higher pay and status for diploma holders.
SOURCES: September 19, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.