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PM: Smaller cabinet during election

  • Published at 07:32 pm January 31st, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:39 pm January 31st, 2018
PM: Smaller cabinet during election
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday announced in Parliament that the size of the cabinet will get smaller during the next general election, reports UNB. "According to Article 126 of the constitution, the Election Commission will take over a number of executive tasks, and that’s why the size of the cabinet will become smaller,” she said, reiterating her government's stance that there will be no unconstitutional government, "There's no provision in the Constitution to form any government like 'election-supportive government," she said responding to a starred question from treasury bench member Tanveer Imam. Indicating BNP, she said: "So, that party is now demanding for supportive government unconstitutionally, which is in no way acceptable.” “The government will only carry out routine works and will not take any policy decision during the election," In reply to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam, Hasina said her government has no plan right now to raise the entry and retirement age limit of public officials.
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“If the retirement age limit is extended further, the promotion scopes for subordinates and employment scope for jobseekers will decline,” she said. She, however, said that her government may consider the matter in future. Earlier, replying to a starred question from Shamsul Haque Chowdhury (Chittagong-12), she said identifying the export sector as a priority sector in the 7th Five-Year Plan, her government has framed the Export Policy 2015-2018 in a bid to simplifying and making time befitting the export operations, reports BSS. Besides, she said, the Import Policy Order 2015-2018 has been framed which is also export-friendly. The premier said Bangladesh has been able to attain duty free facilities from different countries of the world including seven countries under the Safta alongside 28 countries from the European Union. Besides, she said it has been possible to form joint working group on power, water resources, transit and connectivity under the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) initiative to boost regional trade. Highlighting the growing trend of import and export of the country from FY1997 to FY2017, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh imported goods worth $4,418m in FY1997 against the imports of $7,150m. In a span of 20 years, the export earnings in the last fiscal year rose significantly to $34,846.84m against imports of $43,663m.