Govt ahead in eradicating poverty: Mannan

DHAKA, Planning Minister MA Mannan today said that the

government is ahead in eradicating poverty in the country by 2030 as per

target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Planning Minister said this while addressing a seminar on 'Women's

empowerment towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)' as

chief guest held at the Planning Ministry's conference room in city's Shere

Bangla Nagar area.

USbased Hunger Project Global Vice President and Country Director Dr

Badiul Alam Majumder made the keynote presentation at the seminar. General

Economics Division (GED) member of the Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam

also spoke.

Mannan said it is possible to eradicate poverty from the country by 2030

and to achieve this target, the NGOs, the civil society organizations and the

private sector will have to work with the government in a coordinated manner.

Terming the targets envisaged in the SDGs as universal, he said that the

government is pursuing a 'whole society approach' in this regard which aims

to 'Leave no one behind, rather to take everyone with them'.

The Planning Minister opined that the civil society organizations like the

Hunger Project could play an important role in this regard as the government

can channel their knowledge and experiences into its acts through them.

Citing that seasonal poverty like 'Monga' not only existed in Bangladesh,

but such poverty was also seen in the rich countries or among the countries

of the north in the past and they have coped with it with the passage of

time.

He said the government is now putting its utmost efforts to contain the

spread of 'dengue' virus through various cleaning operations.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)