The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has approved a Tk 4.26 billion project to strengthen the village courts across the country in order to ensure wider access of rural poor, female, lagging behind and under privilege people in getting justice.
The approval came from a meeting of the ECNEC held with its chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair at the NEC Conference Room in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area of Dhaka on Tuesday.
Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that the day’s meeting approved a total of nine projects with an overall of estimated cost of Tk 17.30 billion.
“Of the total project cost, Tk 6.33 billion will come from the government, Tk 14.40 million from the concerned organisation’s own fund while the rest of Tk 10.95 billion as project assistance,” of the approved nine projects, four are new while five are revised projects.
The Local Government Division under the Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives will implement the Strengthening of village courts (3rd phase) project with a cost of Tk 4.26 billion, reports BSS.
Of the total project cost, Tk 1.57 billion will come from the government fund while the rest of Tk 2.68 billion as grant from EU and UNDP.
Once the project is implemented, it would be possible to fulfill the demands of rural people related to Justice side by side the capacity of the local authorities would be enhanced in delivering due legal services.
The other projects approved in the meeting are: Enhancing capacity of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police in combating terrorism and ensuring public security, 1st revised with an additional cost of Tk 2.29 billion, Construction of 112 residential flats for the officials of Bangladesh Parliament Secretariat at
Agargaon with Tk 982.20 million, Sustainable Coastal and Marine Fisheries, 1st revised with an additional cost of Tk 5.88 billion, Feasibility study to construct important bridges on rural roads with Tk 800 million, countrywide mobile library project, 2nd revised with an additional cost of Tk 374.70 million, The project for the improvement of equipment for technical education with Tk 980.10 million, establishment of Dhaka Technical Teachers Training Institute, 3rd revised, with a reduced cost of Tk 25.50 million and installation of prepaid gas meter for TGTDCL, 3rd revised with an additional cost of Tk 1.74 billion .
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting while Planning Commission members and secretaries concerned were present.