Minister: Renewable energy to be source of power in future

There is nothing to be worried about over the current state of the country, MA Mannan says

Planning Minister MA Mannan on Saturday said that renewable energy like solar power would be the source of energy in the future while the government has been heading towards that path.

“Not only Bangladesh, but also the whole world will go for utilizing solar power,” he said.

The planning minister was addressing a reception and distribution of stipends among the successful students of SSC and HSC as the chief guest held at the Hasan Raja auditorium of district Shilpakala Academy marking the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman organized by Zila Parishad.

The planning minister along with other guests Deputy Commissioner Md Jahangir Hossain, Police Super Md Mizanur Rahman, CEO of Zilla Parishad Abdul Wahab Rashed, educationist Porimol Kanti Dey, Jogeshwar Chandra Das, and student Raisa Rahman Chondrimahanded over prize bonds worth Tk6,000 to each of 175 students gaining GPA 5 in SSC exams 2021 along with books on Bangabandhu.

Turning to the issue of foreign currency reserves, he said that there is nothing to be worried about over the current state of the country. Even though it had come down to $39 billion, now it has recently crossed $40 billion thanks to the uptrend in inward remittance. Moreover, it was only $5 billion in 2009.      

And he alleged that a vested quarter is out to create confusion among the countrymen over the state of foreign currency reserve.

Regarding the exchange rate, Mannan said although taka was devaluated against US dollar due to the volatility in the global market, the local currency has started to gain in recent times and it would be further strengthened.

Turning to the issue of demand from the tea workers for ensuring their just wages, he said that the government is aware of ensuring just wages of the tea workers, reiterating that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure the development of Sunamganj, and he added that the search for suitable places is on to build an airport here in the district to attract both local and foreign tourists.

He called upon all to work unitedly to ensure balanced development in the country under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.