October 16, 1972
Prime Minister Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today provides assurance that all possible measures would be taken to remove the difficulties confronting people of the northern districts. While talking to the MCAs belonging to the northern districts when they call on him at the Gono Bhaban today, Bangabandhu says the government is fully aware of the problems created by the wholesale devastation and destruction of the Pakistani occupation forces for the people of the northern districts.
Bangabandhu gives the MCAs an account of what the government has been doing to solve the problems one after another and says there would be no dearth of initiative on the part of the government to stand by the people.
"It is only a question of time," he says. The prime minister also cautions them against regional bias and says it is the declared policy of the government that all regions of the country will develop equally.
Topics of national interest are discussed in a full cabinet meeting held at the Gono Bhaban today. The one-hour cabinet meeting is presided over by Bangabandhu.
A cabinet sub-committee on food and other essential commodities also holds a meeting today. They discuss how to improve the supply position of rice, wheat and other essential commodities.
FORD FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE CALLS ON PM
Ford Foundation Executive President David E Bell, now on a five-day tour in Bangladesh, calls on the Bangabandhu. He informs the prime minister about the ongoing schemes of Ford Foundation. He says the Ford Foundation is exploring the future possibilities of helping the development of Bangladesh in its economy, education and health sectors.
SOURCES: October 17, 1972 issues of Bangladesh Observer, Dainik Bangla and Dainik Ittefaq.