Bangladesh: 20 officials to learn flower farming

A team of 20 officers will go abroad for an educational tour and learn flower cultivation. For this, the proposed expenditure is Tk 7.53 crore. Such a proposal is made in the project to set up a flower research center. However, the Planning Commission vetoed it. A PEC (Project Evaluation Committee) meeting was held on the project on May 24. It is said that this expenditure was questioned there.

According to sources, the cost of 10 officers in two batches for training abroad for the implementation of the project is estimated at Tk 4 crore 81 lakh 62 thousand. As such, the cost for each is about Tk 48 lakhs. Besides, Tk 2 crore 71 lakh 40 thousand has been proposed for the study tour of 10 officials in two batches. It is estimated that the cost for each person is about Tk 27 lakh.

Planning Minister MA Mannan said, “We are working to prevent any wastage. In the last NEC meeting, the Prime Minister also said that there is no need for unnecessary foreign trips and foreign training. In accordance with the instructions of the Prime Minister, it has been ordered to look into the detailed cost proposal of the project proposal. The members of the Planning Commission are very competent. They do not approve allocation proposals in bold now. They are recommending approval only after a thorough cost analysis.”

According to PEC meeting sources, it was said by the Planning Commission in the meeting that Tk 4 crore 81 lakh 62 thousand and Tk 2 crore 71 lakh 40 thousand have been kept for foreign training and educational tour, respectively, in the proposed DPP. In the present context, training and educational tours may be omitted.


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