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Cabinet praises premier’s stance on Padma Bridge issue

DHAKA, Feb 13, 2017 (BSS) - The Cabinet today thanked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her firm stance negating World Bank position on Padma Bridge issue in its weekly meeting that came two days after a Canadian court ruled that the global lending agency's allegation of "graft plot" over the mega project was unfounded.

"The cabinet simultaneously decried the World Bank for suspension of its committed lending to the project on 'suspected corruption allegation', depriving Bangladesh of its desired economic growth for last few years," cabinet secretary M Shafiul Alam told newsmen after the meeting.

Alam told the media briefing that the cabinet members noted with high appreciation the premier's steadfast stance ruling out the allegations, challenging the World Bank to prove its corruption charge.

"But the World Bank finally failed to justify its allegation as the Canadian Court delivered its judgment. But the bank's decision caused huge economic damage to a developing country like Bangladesh," he said quoting the cabinet proceedings.

The cabinet, he said, also noted that Bangladesh could have achieved additional 1.2 percent economic growth if the bridge was constructed in due time and "Bangladesh was deprived off her economic growth for the last few years due to the delay in construction of the bridge.

The cabinet observed that the Canadian Court verdict consolidated Bangladesh's stand and brightened the government image in the global arena.

The issue of Rohingyas was another agendum of the meeting while the cabinet secretary said the cabinet thanked Malaysian government for sending relief materials for the displaced Myanmar nationals.

"The relief was sent at Malaysian Prime Minister's personal initiative and the cabinet noted that Malaysia was the first foreign country to come forward with such support for Rohinga refugees," the cabinet secretary said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)