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Youth Welfare Fund Bill given thumbs up

Update : 09 Mar 2015, 07:48 PM

The government yesterday approved the draft of the Youth Welfare Fund Bill, 2015 to make the existing ordinance of 1985 more time befitting.

A regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet gave its final nod to the bill at Bangladesh Secretariat, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The existing ordinance, promulgated during the martial law period, was later cancelled following the annulment of the fifth and the seventh amendments of the constitution by the higher court, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told a press briefing following the meeting.

He said the law was placed before the cabinet with necessary updates and drafting it in Bangla as per earlier cabinet directives.

Under the existing ordinance, he said the Youth Welfare Fund was created with a seed fund of Tk15 crore and since its inception, about Tk12 crore was donated to around some 10,000 voluntary youth organisations.

The money is being used for implementation of various youth development activities including the development of education, science, arts and culture, and sports.

In the day’s meeting, a total of 35 Annual Performance Agreements (APAs), as part of the ongoing Government Performance Management System (GPMS), were signed between the cabinet secretary and the senior secretaries and secretaries of the 35 concerned ministries and divisions, in a bid to improve the performance and accountability of the government servants.

With the day’s signing, the overall number of signed APAs totaled 45 as of February 23.

The cabinet secretary said that rest of the three APAs with the Ministry of Finance, Religious Affairs Ministry and Statistics and Informatics Division would be signed later on informally.

After the signing of the APAs, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed the hope that the Secretaries and officials of the concerned Ministries and Divisions would be more careful and sincere in achieving their respective performance targets.

She said that preparing and signing of the APAs in such a short time reflects good coordination and teamwork within the Ministries and Divisions.

Hasina also hoped that through these APAs, the concerned Ministries and Divisions would be able to move far ahead with their activities with efficiency.

The Cabinet Secretary said these APAs would bring about qualitative change in the overall management of the government and would enhance efficiency, accountability and performance of the concerned Ministries and Divisions.

The Cabinet Secretary signed the APAs as the representative of the Prime Minister and the President of the national committee on GPMS while the Secretaries as the representatives of the concerned Ministries and Divisions.

With the implementation of the Performance Management System, it is expected that the efficiency and accountability of the government offices would enhance while the pace of implementation of the government announced policies and programmes through intense monitoring would be expedited.

The Annual Performance Agreement (APA) is in place in various countries in different names including in Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, India, New Zealand, USA and UK.

The Cabinet meeting was also apprised about the visits of Bangladesh delegation headed by Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister to Saudi Arabia on January 18-23, 2015 and Bangladesh delegation headed by Deputy Minister for Environment and Forests at the COP 10 of the ‘Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of Ozone Layer’ and MOP 26 of the ‘Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer’ held on November 17-21, 2014 in Paris.

Ministers and state ministers attended the meeting while concerned Secretaries were present. 

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