The prime minister also inaugurates four power plants
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday inaugurated the operation of Community Bank Bangladesh Limited fulfilling the long cherished demand of police.
The prime minister opened the bank through a video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban, reports BSS.
The vision of the bank, which belongs to ownership of Bangladesh Police Welfare Trust, is to reach out to the members of different communities with innovative banking services.
The bank got its license on November 1 last year to start its operation with the paid up capital of Tk400 crore.
It is set to start its operation with six branches — two in Dhaka’s Gulshan and Motijheel areas, and one each at Agrabad in Chittagong, Shreepur Mauna in Gazipur, Panchabati in Narayanganj and Noapara in Habiganj.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and Secretary of Public Security Division of Home Ministry Mustafa Kamal Uddin, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman conducted the function while Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary made a video presentation on the Community Bank Bangladesh.
The prime minister’s Political Adviser HT Imam, lawmaker Md Habibe Millat, Chief Coordinator on SDG Affairs of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) Md Abul Kalam Azad, Outgoing Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Miah and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Director General Benazir Ahmed, among others, were also present.
The premier later exchanged views with police personnel stationed at Rajarbagh Police Auditorium and Community Bank, Gulshan Branch, through the video conference.
PM also opens four power plants
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh was now in talks with its neighbouring countries to import electricity to meet its growing demand, reports UNB.
"Discussions are on with India, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal to import hydropower to meet our demands, we have taken that initiative," she said.
The prime minister said this while inaugurating four power plants, eight 33/11 KV GIS sub-stations and hundred percent electrification at 10 upazilas in seven districts across Bangladesh through a video conference from her official residence Ganabhaban.
She said Bangladesh already imported 600 MW electricity from India. “We are thinking of investing in Bhutan, the negotiations towards that are ongoing, and we are also planning to invest in Nepal."
The prime minister, also the Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, said the government wants to illuminate the whole country with electricity. "No village will remain in the dark."
However, she asked people to maintain austerity while using electricity as the government is providing it to consumers at half the price of its production and transmission cost.
Recalling the miserable days of BNP-Jamaat regime, she said they had just taken the country backward in all sectors, including the power sector.
"We have taken development programs to meet demands, to build a poverty-free Bangladesh and provide electricity to all the houses for the socioeconomic development of the country," she added.
The prime minister said the development of power sector is also very crucial alongside all other developments. "Electricity creates job opportunities."
Hasina said only developing Dhaka is not the government's aim. “Providing the touch of progress to all households is the prime task of our government. Our aim is to make the country free from poverty, and we are working with that target in mind."
The inaugurated power stations are Baghabari 200MW power station, Jamalpur 115MW power station, Bogra 113MW power plant and Kaptai 7.4MW solar power plant.
Later, the prime minister joined a video conference with the people who will be beneficiaries of the electrification.