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06:54 PM, December 17, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:21 PM, December 17, 2019

Poverty rate comes down at 20.5%

The country’s poverty rate came down at 20.5 percent while the extreme poverty rate came down at 10.5 percent in June this year.

Planning Minister MA Mannan disclosed the information at a press briefing after a meeting of Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) this afternoon.

The poverty rate decreased to 21.8 percent in June, 2018 while the extreme poverty rate was 11.3 percent in the same year, he informed.

He also said that the government approved nine projects of Tk 3,226.75 crore including a housing project for one lakh Rohingya refugees on Bhashan Char, an island in Noakhali, around 37 miles from the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

The approval came during the Ecnec meeting held at Shar-e-Bangla Nagar with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Of the projects, five are fresh ones and four are revised ones, according to the factsheet provided by the Planning Commission, UNB adds.

In terms of cost, the largest project is ‘Improvement of Sirajganj-Kazipur-Dhanut-Sherpur and Sirajganj (Bagbati)-Dhanut (Sonamukhi) Highway Project’ with an estimated cost of Tk 988.65 crore.

The four other fresh projects are Construction of Bhairab Bridge over Bhairab River on Dighalia (Railgate)-Aruya-Gazirhat-Terokhada Road Project with Tk 617.53 crore; Extension and Modernisation of Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) project with Tk 240.27 crore; Modernisation and construction of necessary structures of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, Jatiya Sangsad Sadashya Bhaban and MP Hostel Project with Tk 233.92 crore; and Installation of Premix Kernel Machine and Laboratory and Construction of Infrastructures to Ensure Nutrition in Food Grains project with the cost of Tk 66.78 crore.

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