PM Hasina issues directive to restore development activities to pre-Covid state

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The premier directed officials to enhance their activities to reduce the backlogs

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed the officials concerned to bring the development activities back to normalcy like in the situation before the deadly Covid pandemic.

She gave this directive at the regular Cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat.

The premier chaired the meeting, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, while others remained at the Secretariat.
The prime minister asked the officials concerned to expedite the development works to bring those back to the previous situation, as it was before the deadly pandemic Covid-19,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam while briefing reporters after the meeting.

He said the premier also directed them (officials) to enhance their activities to reduce the backlogs if there is any, as two years have already gone by and a Covid-19 protocol has already been developed in the country.
She (prime minister) asked to minimize the backlogs (if any) rendered by the pandemic to take the growth rate to the previous position to move forward,” said the Cabinet secretary.

Replying to a query, he said all have been asked to perform better, including those who already did good jobs.

Answering to another query regarding Covid-19 transmission and restriction, Khandker Anwarul Islam said: “We have already held meetings with 32 districts and told them that there is no scope for relaxation. Everyone needs to be attentive and careful about maintaining social distance.”

Mentioning that already around 90 million people have been vaccinated, the cabinet secretary said: “20 to 25 million vaccines will be given every month by next February.
In this connection, he said, the Cabinet Committee on Government Purchase has given the approval to procure around 95 million syringes from abroad as the local production is not sufficient for this job.

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