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PMO stayed open for work every day amid the pandemic

Meetings were held and strategies were formulated by the PMO to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report

Update : 09 Dec 2020, 09:02 PM

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, all government offices of Bangladesh remained closed from March 26 to May 31, except for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tackled the first wave of covid-19 from her official residence Ganabhaban and the PMO officials attended their office regularly following the premier’s instructions, according to the Annual Report (2019-2020) of the PMO.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Unveiled the report on Wednesday morning at Ganabhaban. Dhaka Tribune obtained a summary of that report.

The report said: “In order to ensure smooth functioning of all activities, the PMO was not closed even for a single day during the holiday announced by the government. On the contrary, the daily activities of the office multiplied at this time.”

The report also said: “Under the leadership of the principal secretary of the PMO and the secretary to the PMO, regular meetings were held with the concerned departments and strategies on health, economy, and social sectors were prepared from the PMO.”

“With all the strategies, regular meetings were held with the prime minister and immediate action was taken based on the advice and instructions of the prime minister. Announcing the economic package was one such step. In addition, direct cash assistance through mobile banking service for 5 million people was provided directly by the Prime Minister's Office,” it added.

During the pandemic, video conferences were organised under the supervision of the Prime Minister's Office with every department and district of the country to establish direct connection and exchange of views with the root level people.

“Under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister's Office, the work of implementing development projects including state activities and regular functions of the government was kept active even during the pandemic,” the annual report said.

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