British Asia News Network
Dhaka: “We need to create a master plan for the Upazilas and unions. Buildings are built without planning. Whenever anyone makes enough money they waste their farmland and make a building. There is no proper calculation or consideration,” she said during the discussion. “If we set up a regulatory framework, one that determines where buildings can be put up – homesteads are a different matter – we can prevent these buildings from cropping up. And roads are being built haphazardly too. There is no need for so many roads. If they are better planned out then we will save money and land.”
Hasina spoke of the government’s initiatives and plans and asked officials to work according to those plans. “If we can manage it, the people will accept it and follow it. I believe that is what we need to do.”
She stated that when the budget will be presented, the government must keep in mind how they deliver the services. “We want to know what needs to be developed, how we can reach the people. We will plan accordingly.” She added that the total budget will be created through this understanding, and will allocate it according to the needs of each region so that “every paisa is for development and improving the lives of people. That is our plan.”
She also spoke of decentralising power, emphasising the importance of having strong local governments. “Otherwise development will not be sustainable,” she said.