Coal policy soon: finance adviser

NewAge, November 27, 2007. Dhaka, Bangladesh 

The adviser for finance and planning, AB Mirza M Azizul Islam, on Monday said the coal policy would be announced soon.  

 ‘We should not remain poor keeping energy under the soil. So, the coal must be extracted,’ the adviser said while addressing a seminar on ‘development of northern region: problems and solution’ at the National Press Club in the city.   

Advisory editor of the Dainik Ittefaq Akhtar Ul Alam, chief adviser of ATN Bangla Saiful Bari, editor of the daily Naya Diganta Alamgir Mohiuddin and founder president of North Bengal Journalists Forum Mokarram Hossain addressed the seminar as special guests.   

Former president of the Dhaka Reporters Unity Shafiqul Karim, NBJF senior vice-president Modabber Hossain, general secretary Mufdi Ahmed, presidents and general secretaries of some Press Clubs of the northern districts, among others, also spoke.   

President of the NBJF MA Aziz, who presented a keynote paper on the subject, presided over the seminar. The finance adviser said the regional disparity is a threat to the national unity and the government is aware of it. To remove the regional disparity, he said, the government formed a committee headed by the planning secretary. After getting recommendations, steps will be taken to remove the disparity, he added.   

Azizul Islam also said the government has taken an initiative to make the Ruppur power plant functional besides tapping various natural resources in the northern region.   

As the scope for higher education in the region is not enough, he said, more educational institutions should be established for creating opportunities for the higher and technical educations.   

The adviser called upon entrepreneurs to invest in the export processing zones in the northern region to help ensure balanced development of the country.   

The northern region is facing power and gas problems, Azizul Islam said, adding that infrastructure should be developed for rapid industrialisation in the region.

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