The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved five projects, including one for development and management of Hilsha resources with Tk 246.28 crore.
The overall cost of the approved projects was estimated at Tk 1,266.13 crore.
The approval came from the ninth ECNEC meeting of the current fiscal year held with ECNEC Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The premier joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while the ministers, state ministers and others concerned attended the meeting from the NEC conference room in Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area of Dhaka.
Planning Minister Abdul Mannan briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said a total of five projects were approved today. The overall estimated cost will be entirely borne from the state exchequer. Of the approved five projects, four are new while one is revised.
The hilsa development project will be implemented by the Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock by June 2024. The project is aimed to ensure enforcement of law to conserve the mother Hilsha and Jhatka side by side boosting the hilsa production.
The project will be implemented at some 134 upazilas under 29 districts of six divisions with goal to achieve main objectives such as boosting the Hilsa production to 6.20 lakh metric tons from 5.33 lakh metric tons, creating alternate employment opportunities for some 30,000 fishermen families engaged in catching Hilsa fish and distributing some 10,000 legal fishing nets among fishermen.
Project operations will include operating six fish sanctuaries and imparting training to some 18,000 fishermen to create alternate employment opportunities.
The other projects are- Upgrading Digpait-Sarishabari-Tarakandi road under Jamalpur district into due standard and width with Tk 376.56 crore, Construction of 73 Composite/Modern Border Observation Post (BOP) of BGB at the bordering areas with Tk 233.52 crore, establishment of 40 technical training centers at 40 upazilas and one institute of marine technology in Chattogram with an additional cost of Tk 335.78 crore, Establishing 25-bed Shanti Nibash at Eight Government Sishu Paribar with Tk 73.99 crore.
BDST: 1915 HRS, SEP 22, 2020