State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Swapan Bhattacharjee said that a product based "livelihood industrial village" will be formed for the purpose of integrated rural development including development of living standard, modernization and expansion of facilities.
State Minister Swapan Bhattacharjee made the remarks while addressing a conference of Deputy Director level officials from all over the district at the conference room of of Bangladesh Rural Development Board at Kawran Bazar in the capital on Wednesday morning.
He called upon the field level officials to take effective steps for the formation of planned villages and creation of rural entrepreneurs. The state minister further said that the main goal of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was to enrich the rural economy. He has fought all his life for the establishment of a non-discriminatory and poverty-free society based on equality. BRDB has been playing a leading role in the socio-economic development of rural Bengal since its inception centering on Bangabandhu's rural development philosophy. Besides increasing agricultural production, it is also making significant contribution to the development of non-agricultural sector.
Swapan Bhattacharjee said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has allocated a loan of Tk 300 crore to the Bangladesh Rural Development Board for the affected small entrepreneurs in Covid-19 to continue the development progress for the betterment of the people of the country. The loan is being disbursed for a period of 2 years at 4% simple service cost. Tk. 300 crore loan fund has been allocated. The loan is being disbursed for a period of 2 years at 4% simple service price. If participatory and integrated rural development is ensured, every village will be transformed into a developed and self-reliant village, through which it will be possible to build the golden Bengal of Bangabandhu's dream in 2041, the state minister said. BRDB Director General Supriya Kumar Kundu presided over the function and Deputy Directors from all over the country spoke.