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Ecnec okays Tk 660cr for urban healthcare

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 approved primary healthcare project for the urban poor especially for women and children involving Tk 660 crore.

The approval came at the first Ecnec meeting of the current financial year with Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was in the chair at the NEC Conference room in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.

Apart from the primary healthcare project, the Ecnec also approved seven other development projects, involving Tk 2,323 crore all together.

"Of the total project cost, Tk 1,739 crore will come from the national exchequer while Tk 584 crore will come as project assistance," acting Planning Division Secretary Bhuiyan Shafiqul Islam told reporters after the meeting.

Under the project titled "Urban primary healthcare services delivery", all the city corporations, including Rangpur, and four selected Pourashavas of the country will come under primary healthcare services.

Under supervision of the city corporation and pourashava authorities, selected partner non-government organizations (NGOs) will provide the service delivery.

Local Government Division will implement the project. ADB, SIDA and UNFPA will provide Tk 584 crore for the 5-year project.

The Ecnec meeting approved another project called "construction of small bridges/culverts on rural roads (3rd phase) project." Under the project, more than 30,000 metre culverts will be constructed on rural roads of 459 upazillas of the country.

Replying to a query on an alleged corruption report on construction of a colony for the sweepers submitted by Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division (IMED) before the Ecnec, the acting planning secretary said the authorities of the then Dhaka City Corporation did not take any measure regarding the corruption.

He said that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) would take necessary measures to this end after proper inquiry.

Other projects approved in the meeting are: Infrastructure facility development of Khulna Engineering and Technology University project (Tk 52 crore); procurement of modern equipment and facilities for Border Guard Bangladesh (Revised) project (Tk. 46 crore); establishment of Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College and Hospital, Kishoreganj project' (Tk. 545 crore); construction of two bridges over Brahmaputra River of Islampur Upazilla under Jamalpur district project (Tk 143 crore); new Dakatia and old Dakatia - small Feni river extraction (3rd revised) project (Tk 148 crore) and development of water supply system in Rajshahi city project (Tk 34 crore).

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