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Rural areas shouldn’t be left behind

  • Published at 12:04 am December 14th, 2019
Mongla's Banishanta village embankment
Photo: Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The rural population is one of the biggest drivers of the economy

One of the qualities of any well-functioning society is that the fruits of development are experienced in all areas, from urban to semi-urban to rural.

In this regard, it is encouraging to note Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speak of how all development programs will be focusing on the rural areas of Bangladesh.

It is difficult to deny the fact that, as Bangladesh has progressed, much of this progress has been focused on urban areas such as our capital. 

But this has to change, and it is good that the government is adapting to ensure that the rural population too reaps the benefits as Bangladesh continues onwards on the path towards middle-income status.

After all, true progress cannot be exclusive to a specific area or group of people, and understanding this is crucial to our sustained development in the future.

At the end of the day, the rural population is one of the biggest drivers of the economy through sectors such as remittance and agriculture, and it would be a shame if we did not ensure that they too were taken care of. 

It is also the rural population that suffers the most, and remains vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and the PM’s plans to increase the social safety net for Bangladesh to include more and more people in the future is most commendable.

If we allow the benefits of development to really spread out to rural areas of the country, there will be positive ripple effects that benefit all of us, paving the way for increased decentralization, better communication systems, and overall improved quality of life for the citizens, wherever they may live.