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BTV focusing services of people, not profit: PM

DHAKA, Dec 31, 2016 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said her government is aware about the development of quality of programmes of

Bangladesh Television (BTV), pointing out that the state-run television is focusing on the services of the people not the profit.

"We are very much aware about expansion and improvement of programmes of Bangladesh Television so that the state-run television could continue its operation side by side with private TV channels," she said.

In this connection, the prime minister said as many as education-oriented programmes that the BTV could broadcast, the private channels may not do to that extent.

The premier said this while inaugurating six-hour telecasting of BTV's Chittagong station from one and half hours through video conference from her official Ganabhaban residence.

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu spoke at the function from

Ganabhaban, while Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, former mayor of Chittagong City Corporation A B M Mohiuddin Chowdhury and Secretary of the Ministry of Information Martuza Ahmed also spoke from Chittagong.

Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Railways Minister Mazibul Haque and Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present at the function at Ganabhaban, while PM's Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated it.

Sheikh Hasina said the BTV doesn't give attention to the profit, rather it always keeps an eye on the services of the people. "The goal of the BTV is how much services the people could be given and how much extent the television could reach to the countrymen," she said.

"We are now running the BTV by giving special attention to that end," she added.

The prime minister also said her government has taken necessary steps to continue expansion of electronic media particularly television and radio stations in both public and private sectors.

She, however, put emphasis on broadcasting of more programmes to create mass awareness about education and other pro-people issues.

Sheikh Hasina said free flow of information is very much essential to develop an improved and time-befitting social system in the country. "That's why our government has been working to expand media under public and private sectors to ensure free flow of information," she said.

Sheikh Hasina said various organizations in the public sector are working to provide information and entertainment to the people as well as flourish country's own culture and tradition.

In this connection, the prime minister said with the expansion of

telecasting time of the Chittagong BTV, it would be possible to flourish local culture of Chittagong region more easily.

Referring to her government's effective role in flourishing private sectors like TV channels and mobile phone companies, the prime minister said such move has created huge employments and opportunities to flourish talents of the youths.

In this connection, she mentioned that the government has so far given approval to 32 TV channels and of them 23 are currently in operation.

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said BTV's Chittagong station has been upgraded considering special features of Chittagong, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Cox's Bazar districts.

He said BTV is always with the movement of Bangalee nationalism and

struggles of establishing rights of the people as well as projecting culture, tradition and history of the country and its people.

Later, the prime minister launched the much-awaited dot bangla (.bangla) internet domain for the people at her official Ganabhaban residence.

From now on, dot bangla would be Bangladesh's own Unicode domain label and the second country code top-level domain (TLD) for Bangla websites as the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had earlier approved another domain label for Bangladesh as dot bd.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)