bwahahahabdnews24.com said:Education heads to donate month's basic salary
Tue, Jul 17th, 2012 9:00 pm BdST
Dhaka, Jul 17 (bdnews24.com ) – All the heads of the Ministry of Education offices, departments, directorates and boards have decided to donate their one month's basic salary for the Padma bridge project.
A ministry meeting on Monday also decided that all other employees of the education sector would provide a day's basic salary.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina proposed a plan to implement the Padma bridge project with own fund, after the World Bank cancelled its $ 1.2 billion promised fund for the $ 2.9 billion project.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the public university vice-chancellors would meet to decide how funds could be raised from their institutions.
"No-one will be allowed to raise funds from the education sector outside of this decision," he said.
Teachers and officers under the MPO would also contribute a day's basic salary, the meeting decided.
Bangladesh Open University will provide Tk 100 million, Inter-education Board and University Grants Commission Tk 10 million.
UGC Chairman A K Azad Chowdhury said university vice-chancellors expressed interest to contribute to the Padma bridge project.
Interboard Coordination Committee President Fahima Khatun suggested that heads of institutions meet in Dhaka to decide on collecting contributions from school and college students.
The money collected will be handed over to the Prime minister next week, the meeting decided.
I soooo agree with you...this is not India's fault....this is the fault of the Bangladeshi people for letting an uneducated woman, who thinks she's a queen, stay in power and screwing things up.Good you guys will learn to stop blaming everyone for your problems. Bangla needs to take responsibility. This is not India's fault. So, deal with it
i am always taken back at the amount of support the two ladies have and then i tell myself bangladesh deserves every bit of what it is gettingI soooo agree with you...this is not India's fault....this is the fault of the Bangladeshi people for letting an uneducated woman, who thinks she's a queen, stay in power and screwing things up.
Govt may accept WB's 4th conditionThe government may consider accepting the World Bank's fourth condition to persuade the global lender to review its cancellation of the Padma bridge loan.
The bank's fourth condition was that the government send on leave public officials and ex-communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, who were allegedly involved in corruption in the project.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith told reporters yesterday that the June talks between the government and the WB ended in a stalemate simply because of the bank's fourth condition.
Though Ellen Goldstein [the WB country director] had spoken of two unresolved issues, there was actually one issue, not two, the minister said, implying that the issue involving the Anti-Corruption Commission was not really a problem.
There was a little problem with the World Bank's fourth condition. We are trying to see how it can be resolved.
He indicated that the government was working to send those public officials on leave.
If the issue of the fourth condition can be solved, the project's work can start very soon, said Muhith.
The WB cancelled its $1.2 billion credit for the Padma bridge project on June 29, saying it had proof of a corruption conspiracy involving Bangladeshi officials, executives of a Canadian firm and private individuals.
The finance minister yesterday pointed out that the government had been considering several options for the project. And the first option was to restore the WB-led financing arrangement.
Muhith was talking to reporters at the finance ministry after he received a cheque from Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd in payment of dividend to the government.
The finance minister said he had mentioned many times that there was no problem in having an international panel to oversee the ACC's probe into the corruption allegations in the project. The commission was prepared for that.
Goldstein in an e-mail interview with The Daily Star published on July 14 responded to the question of whether the government's refusal to remove the minister in charge from the cabinet was the biggest reason for the bank to cancel its financing.
She said the WB had suggested that the government adopt four measures. But the government was unable to commit to two of them.
The two measures that the government refused to take were to appoint an international panel to oversee the ACC probe into the WB's graft allegations in the project, and to send on leave the officials and the minister in charge during the investigation.
Preferring anonymity, a finance ministry official said the WB had advised sending five public officials and former communications minister Abul Hossain on leave.
During talks with the WB in June, the government did not agree to send the minister on leave, said the official.
Muhith at a high-level meeting last week indicated that the government was ready to send all five public officials and the minister on leave in order to reach a compromise with the WB. And the government had already communicated it to the project's co-financiers, the official said.
Abul Hossain in an advertisement in several newspapers recently said he was ready to take any step since some respectable persons thought his presence in the cabinet might hinder the probe into the WB's corruption allegations in the project.
Muhith said yesterday the government had three other options for implementing the project if the WB finally did not change its decision.
One option is that the government will request the other financiers to stay in the project. In that case, it will be necessary to sign new contracts.
We hope they will stay with us. He, however, said the government would have to find new financiers to provide it with the foreign currency the WB had earlier committed.
Another option is to implement the project on the basis of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative as proposed by Malaysia, said Muhith.
And the other option is to construct the bridge with the government's own resources, said the finance minister.
Govt may accept WB's 4th condition
Muhith says govt trying to resolve the issue regarding sending accused public officials on leave
Govt may accept WB's 4th conditionhe bank's fourth condition was that the government send on leave public officials and ex-communications minister Syed Abul Hossain, who were allegedly involved in corruption in the project.
It will mainly connect the southwest districts around barisal to Dhaka and facilitate North east (khulna)Please explain little bit of it.