Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the government will illuminate every house across the country within 'Mujib Borsho' (Mujib Year), by bringing everyone under electricity coverage.
"Some 40, out of 64 districts, are now under full electricity coverage. We've been able to ensure cent percent electrification of villages in 410 upazilas. We'll illuminate every house in Bangladesh by bringing the remaining districts and upazilas [under cent percent electrification] by 'Mujib Borsho', and we've been working to achieve this goal," she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating cent percent electrification in seven districts and 23 upazilas of 18 other districts, and a 114 MW heavy fuel-fired power plant in Feni.
Through videoconferencing from Gono Bhaban, 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.
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 also spoke 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.