DHAKA: Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad Saturday categorically said the government strongly believes in free flow of information.
The information mister also said the government enacted Right to Information Act (RTA) for ensuring accountability and transparency all the sectors.
The minister came up with the assertion while addressing a national consultation on ‘Strategies for Establishing Bangladesh’s first Human Development TV’ at the Prime Minister Office in the city.
He said, “We have also established independent information commission and it is functioning not only in capital city Dhaka, but also in divisional and district headquarters.”
Access to Information (A2I) programme of the Prime Minister’s Office organized the consultation with the support of Bangladesh Television (BTV), JICA and UNDP.
Ambassador of Japan to Bangladesh Shiro Sadoshima, JICA chief representative Dr Takao Toda, national project director of A2I programme Nazrul Islam Khan, information secretary Hedayetullah Al Mamoon and education secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury also spoke.
Abul Kalam Azad said the incumbent government issued license to 15 private satellite TV channels and the total number of satellite channels now stands at 23.
He said that his government would broadcast education and human development programme through television as multimedia classroom has already been introduced.
BDST: 2149 HRS, JUN 23, 2012
M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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