Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre inaugurated in Rajshahi
The government is working on bringing the entire nation under electricity coverage, and is aiming to achieve the said goal in “Mujib Borsho” (Mujib Year), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.
"Some 40 out of our 64 districts are now under full electricity coverage. We have been able to ensure 100% electricity coverage in villages in 410 Upazilas,” the prime minister said. “We will light up every house in Bangladesh by bringing the remaining districts and upazilas [under full electricity coverage] in Mujib Borsho, and we have been working to achieve this goal.”
She made the promise at the inauguration of full electricity coverage in seven districts as well as 23 upazilas under 18 other districts, at Ganabhaban, her official residence, through videoconference, reported UNB.
She also inaugurated a 114MW, heavy fuel oil-fired power plant in Feni.
About the power sector development, Sheikh Hasina said her government had been able to raise electricity production to nearly 23,000 MW, and as a result around 96% people now have access to electricity, BSS reported.
“Those who suffered in the past for [lack of] electricity will not suffer any more; they will have access to uninterrupted power,” she added.
The seven districts which now have full electricity coverage are Dhaka, Feni, Gopalganj, Natore, Pabna, Joypurhat, and Meherpur.
The 23 upazilas that came under 100% power coverage are: Bagerhat sadar, Nasirnagar in Brahmmanbaria, Alamdanga in Meherpur, Debidwar and Monoharganj in Comilla, Khansama in Dinajpur, Madarganj in Jamalpur, Jessore sadar and Manirampur in Jessore, 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.
At present, the total power generation capacity of the country stands at 22,787MW, according to the Power Cell under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.
A total of 137 power plants supply electricity to the national grid every day, of which 67 are gas-fired.
The per capita electricity generation in the country stands at 510kWh at present.
The Mujib Year, an initiative by the Awami League-led government to celebrate the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will begin on March 17 this year, on Bangabandhu’s birthday.
‘We want to establish a technology-based society’
At the same videoconference on Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also inaugurated the Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre, constructed at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park in Rajshahi, UNB reported.
About the IT incubator and training centre, she said that the youths who receive training at the centre would be benefited in getting jobs, according to BSS.
“They could also become entrepreneurs so that they don’t need to chase after jobs, rather they could give jobs… through this Bangladesh will be established as a dignified nation,” she expressed hope.
She stressed the need for providing technical knowledge to the young generation so they can sustain themselves in a competitive world, reported UNB.
“We want to educate our new generation in such a way so that they can keep pace with the competitive world. So technology education is a must-have [for them]," she added.
“We want to establish a technology-based society,” the prime minister was quoted by BSS as saying. “We have taken various steps to this end, including providing computer education and setting up multimedia classrooms in educational institutions.”
The 72,000sq-ft Sheikh Kamal IT Incubator and Training Centre building has multipurpose training facilities, high-quality start-ups, rainwater harvesting and renewable energy sources, according to UNB.
The centre will help build an IT knowledge-based society and generate employment in the country, particularly in the northern region.
Bangladesh Hi-Tech Park Authority, under the ICT Division, is implementing Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hi-Tech Park on 30.67 acres of land at Nabinagar in Paba upazila, Rajshahi.
PM's Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, PM's 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 ceremony.
PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus conducted the event, while ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam and Power Division Secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed made two presentations on the ICT and power sectors.