LGRD minister: Per capita income to exceed $3,000 by 2022

The country’s average income has increased ‘like magic’ in the past decade, says LGRD minister

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The per capita income of the country may exceed $3,000 by the end of this year, hoped Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Muhammad Tajul Islam.

The minister said the country’s average income has increased “like magic” in the past decade due to the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.  

Tajul made the remark while speaking as the chief guest at a Bill Collection Award ceremony at a hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.

He said when the Awami League came to power in 2009, per capita income was hovering around the $700-mark. It increased to $2,554 in a decade under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina. 

He added that it may increase to $3,000 in 2022.  

Regarding services rendered by Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA), the minister said the body had the capability to meet 60% of water demand in Dhaka in 1996 and it now has the capability to meet 100% of the water needs of the capital. 

He said WASA is now working to install water treatment plants in Chattogram, Rajshahi, and Khulna as well. 

To ensure adequate water supply, Dhaka WASA has undertaken a number of projects, said the minister. 

Pipelines for water supply are old and unusable in many places. As a result, WASA is currently replacing them with better quality pipes, he added. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been working to ensure improved water quality across the country. As part of the government’s plan, construction of Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant Phase-1 and 2 have been completed already, Tajul further said.

The minister said there are still many complaints  from customers against Dhaka WASA, so the water supply authority must keep improving its services. 

He said that the government under the leadership of Sheikh Hasina has been working for equal development in all sectors, including power, education, health, communication, and agriculture.

The program was presided over by Dhaka WASA Managing Director Taqsem A Khan. Additional Secretary LGRD Department Muhammad Ibrahim, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) Chairman Prof Shibli Rubayat Ul-Islam also spoke at the program. 

As many as 34 banks and three mobile banking service providers received awards at the event. 

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