ECNEC nods 11 projects involving Tk 4,541.81 crore

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The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) today approved a total of 11 projects costing Taka 4,541.81 crore, including one for empowering the country’s womenfolk through technological support with Taka 250.03 crore.

The approval came from the 14th meeting of the ECNEC in the current fiscal year (FY22) with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The Premier joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while ministers, state ministers, planning commission members and secretaries concerned attended the meeting from the NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 11 projects were approved today involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 4,541.81 crore while the entire project cost would come from the state coffer.

Of the approved 11 projects, six are new while the rest five projects are revised ones.

Revealing some of the directives from the Premier, the Planning Minister said that the Prime Minister had directed all the authorities of the concerned city corporations to become self-reliant gradually instead of depending on the government.

Mannan informed that the Premier directed the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division to gradually expand the operations of milk-based cooperatives in the milk deficit upazilas to meet the growing demand for protein.

Supplementing on the issue, State Minister for Planning Dr Shamsul Alam said that Sheikh Hasina also stressed the need for agro-processing initiatives side by side producing ghee, powder milk and cheese from milk where the private sector initiatives could be highly encouraged.

Referring to the approval of a project in Mymensingh City Corporation, Mannan said the Premier gave a strong order for having sound waste management adding that CETP or ETP should be in place so that no waste is poured into the
rivers.