Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “We have held the meeting to maintain law and order.” We have seen some innocent people lose their lives without any excuse. Those who lost their lives were more outsiders than madrasa students. Ordinary people were more. We don’t want anyone to be killed.
“We have decided to take a tough stand to maintain law and order,” he said. If necessary, instructions are being given at the district level. District level magistrates, police superintendents and other law enforcement agencies sit where they will make arrangements to maintain law and order.
He was responding to a question from reporters at his office after an emergency meeting of the core committee on maintaining law and order in the conference room of the home ministry at the secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.
Stating that none of the saboteurs identified to maintain law and order in the country will be spared, the Home Minister said that no one will be spared in the eyes of the law and order forces.
He said, “One thing we have noticed is that recently the Upazila Land Office, Tehsil Office has been set on fire.” The people of the area will be affected if all these are set on fire. The land offices control the ownership, survey and naming of the land there. If his records are burnt, the people of the area will suffer. What we saw was that many land offices were burnt down in the war of independence. As a result, it took many years to bring it into a system. The incidents took place in Hathazari, Brahmanbaria and Saltha upazilas without any reason or provocation. I will also call on the people of the area concerned to protest.
The agricultural mechanization project will open new horizons in the field of agriculture, agricultural development and farm mechanization in Bangladesh, said the Minister of Agriculture. Md. Abdur Razzak. He said agricultural machinery is being supplied to farmers at a subsidy of 50% across the country and 70% in the coastal areas of Haor through the ‘Agricultural Mechanization’ project worth Tk 3,020 crore. This project marked a new chapter in agriculture. There will be a revolution in agricultural mechanization. The agriculture of Bangladesh will be as advanced and modern as the agriculture of the industrialized countries of the western world.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of distribution of ‘Combine Harvester, Reaper and various agricultural implements’ among farmers across the country under the online ‘Agriculture Mechanization’ project from the conference room of the ministry on Tuesday.
The Agriculture Minister said that even 10-15 years ago, agriculture in Bangladesh was traditional. People had to do all the work physically including farming and threshing. The plow was cultivated. Now land is being cultivated and crops are being threshed by machinery. But people have to cut and plant paddy. The cost of crop production is much higher and time consuming. That is why the present government has taken initiative to mechanize agriculture on priority basis for the last 12 years since 2009.
He further said that the present government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is giving utmost importance to agriculture. At present, the main goal of the government in agriculture is to modernize and make agriculture profitable. The government has taken and implemented various initiatives to modernize and make agriculture profitable through mechanization of agriculture. This project is a unique example. It is hoped that this will make agriculture profitable and accelerate the improvement of the living standards of the rural people.
It may be mentioned that about 52,000 agricultural equipments will be distributed from 2020-21 to 2025 through the ‘Agricultural Mechanization’ project worth Tk 3,020 crore. In the current fiscal year 2020-21, under this project, a total of 5,008 different types of agricultural implements including 1817 combine harvesters, 601 reapers, 164 rice transplanters will be distributed among farmers in 500 upazilas across the country. Of these, 510 combine harvesters and 231 reapers are being distributed for successful harvesting of paddy in Haor.
State Minister for Social Welfare gave a virtual speech from Netrokona and distributed agricultural machinery. Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru. Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture in the conference room. Mesbahul Islam, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture (Planning) said. Md. Abdur Rauf, Additional Secretary (PPC) said. Ruhul Amin Talukder, Additional Secretary (Fertilizer Management and Materials) said. Mahbubul Islam, Director General (Seed) Krishna Hazra, Additional Secretary (Audit) said. Abdul Quader and Director General of the Department of Agricultural Extension. Asadullah was present.