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12:00 AM, February 13, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:51 AM, February 13, 2020

Will light up every house by Mujib Borsho: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government will "light up every house across the country" within the Mujib Borsho (birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman) by bringing all under electricity coverage.

"Some 40 out of our 64 districts are now under full electricity coverage. We've been able to ensure cent percent electrification of villages in 410 upazilas. We'll light up every house in Bangladesh by bringing the remaining districts and upazilas (under cent percent electrification) by the 'Mujib Borsho', and we've been working to achieve this goal," she said.

The premier said this while inaugurating cent percent electrification in seven districts and 23 upazilas of 18 other districts, and a 114MW heavy fuel oil-fired power plant in Feni.

Through videoconferencing from Gono Bhaban in the capital, she also opened the Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre constructed at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park in Rajshahi.

The seven districts which came under electricity coverage in their entirety are: Dhaka, Feni, Gopalganj, Natore, Pabna, Joypurhat and Meherpur.

The 23 upazilas that came under cent percent electrification are: Bagerhat Sadar, Nasirnagar in Brahmmanbaria, Alamdanga in Meherpur, Debidwar and Monoharganj in Cumilla, Khansama in Dinajpur, Madarganj in Jamalpur, Jashore Sadar and Manirampur in Jashore, Terakhada in Khulna, Mirpur in Kushtia, Raipur in Lakshmipur, Kamalganj and Juri in Moulvibazar, Badalgachhi and Patnitala in Naogaon, Araihazar in Narayanganj, Jaldhaka in Nilphamari, Nakla and Jhenaigati in Sherpur, Ghatail in Tangail, Ranisankail in Thakurgaon and Chhatak in Sunamganj.

Talking about the newly-opened Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre, the PM stressed the need for having technological knowledge among the young generation, so that they can sustain in the competitive world. "We want to educate our new generation in such a way so that they can move keeping pace with the competitive world. So, technology education is a must," she added.

Hasina said her government wants to establish a technology-based society.  "This is why we've taken various steps, including providing computer education and setting up multimedia classrooms in educational institutions, so that the new generation gets attracted to technology education."

The 72,000 square-foot Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre building has multipurpose training facilities, rainwater harvesting and renewable energy sources.

Bangladesh Hi-tech Park Authority under the ICT Division is implementing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-tech Park on 30.67 acres of land at Nabinagar in Poba upazila of Rajshahi.

Over 50 percent physical infrastructure development work on the hi-tech park has already been completed, which provide incubation facilities to new entrepreneur companies in IT and ITeS sectors, along with drawing local and foreign investors.

PM's Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam; Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury; former foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali; State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid; State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were also present at the function.

PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the function, while ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam and Power Division Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed made two presentations over the ICT and power sectors.

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