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Entire admin politicised

PM accuses BNP-led coalition at JS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday launched a blistering attack on past BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government accusing it of politicising the entire administration and said her government is facing problems for the "politicised" administration.
"They politicised everywhere ranging from the civil administration and armed forces to the judiciary. Efficient officials were removed for the politicisation," Hasina told the House during a question-answer session.
She said the new government is facing problems as inefficiency and reluctance of the officials are being reflected everywhere.
"They [the BNP-led government] demonstrated what politicisation is and how many types it could be," said the premier in reply to a supplementary query of independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim, who earlier belonged to BNP.
She however said that her government does not believe in politicisation.
Replying to the scripted question of Azim, Hasina said Bangladesh is among the countries, which are still not affected by the ongoing worldwide economic fallout.
A secretary-level technical committee is now working to find out measures to deal with the possible bad effects from the economic fallout, the premier added.
"The government has also moved to form a high-powered ministerial taskforce comprising eminent economists. The taskforce will determine guidelines to save the country's economy from the long-term effects of the ongoing slowdown," Hasina added.
She however gave assurance that the trend of the foreign aid is still positive and her government is keeping close contact with the World Bank, ADB, EU and other relevant organisations. "We hope foreign investment will increase if good governance is ensured," she added.
Replying to a supplementary query of AL lawmaker Golam Dastagir Gazi, the premier said her government is planning to create an atmosphere conducive to setting up new industries and investments, both local and foreign.
The government is planning to set up a new bank with the money deposited by the immigrant workers at the labour ministry to provide loans to the workers intending to go abroad, she said in reply to another supplementary query of AL lawmaker ABM Abul Kashem.
She alleged that the fund, which is being raised with the money of the immigrants, has been misused in the past. "Relatives of the former prime minister have also taken money from the fund along with the lawmakers who used the money to build education institutions in their areas."
She added her government is also negotiating with the private banks so that they provide loans to the jobseekers abroad.
In reply to a scripted question of AL lawmaker Chayon Islam, the prime minister in her written answer said the process is underway to revive the project titled "one house, one farm" to boost rural economy.
The project was launched during the last AL government in between 1996 to 2001 with allocation of Tk 40 crore. But assuming power in 2001, the BNP-led government cancelled it.
The prime minister also blasted the then BNP-led government for cancelling the project. "They didn't have any responsibility towards commoners. They were busy plundering public money, harassing and killing opponents."
Responding to a supplementary query of AL lawmaker Advocate Rahmat Ali, she said the government would allocate sufficient amount of money in the upcoming national budget to revive the project which will also help alleviate poverty.
She also urged the lawmakers to assist the people in their respective constituencies so that they can again start it.
Replying to a scripted query of another ruling alliance lawmaker HM Golam Reza on garments industries, the premier said the government has planned to take some measures including setting up a "garment industries village" to make them more competitive in the international market.
A business friendly import policy is being formulated to make the market system competitive considering the international perspective of the open market economy, added Hasina in response to another scripted question of ruling alliance lawmaker MA Zabbar on arresting price hike of essentials.

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