Jamalpur and Rangpur districts to receive rural development academies



| Update:
April 29, 2022 2:17:53 p.m.


The government has taken the initiative to establish two more rural development academies in Jamalpur and Rangpur districts.

The cabinet in principle approved the plans of Sheikh Hasina Rural Development Academy, Jamalpur Law, 2022 and Rural Development Academy, Rangpur Law, 2022 in this regard during a meeting on Thursday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the cabinet meeting held in his office.

According to BSS, the initiative was taken with the aim of making the private sector, especially small and medium enterprises, more effective for the balanced development of the country.

Briefing reporters at the secretariat after the cabinet meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said, “We need more academies similar to Bangladesh Rural Development Academy (BARD) and Rural Development Academy. (RDA) to meet the needs of increasing work pressures”.

Mentioning that the two bills have 23 sections, he said that the two academies would be governed the same as BARD, Cumilla and RDA, Bogura.

“A council of 21 members would be headed by the Minister or Minister of State or the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, while the Secretary of the Rural Development and Cooperatives Divisions would be Deputy president and chief executive of the academy would serve as member secretary,” he said.

The cabinet secretary said the academy would be mainly responsible for capacity building work, research and piloting some projects. “Research would be their fundamental job alongside piloting new projects to assess their usefulness,” he added.

He said the academy, if needed, could affiliate with educational institutions to offer diploma, post-graduation and certificate courses alongside conducting different vocational training courses.

With the two news, the number of rural development academies will be four in the country, Anwarul Islam said, adding that another academy would be established in Jashore.

The cabinet also approved the draft Voluntary National Policy-2022 on Thursday.

He said the policy has been aligned with Articles 16 and 59 of Bangladesh’s constitution, forward plan, sustainable development goals, five-year plans and guidelines to fight Covid-19.

He added that the policy would cover all voluntary services such as community service and educational activities, educational institutions and students, destitute, inequality and deprived groups, environmental groups, cooperation groups community, community political groups, organized social groups, global community activities, festival community, sports, entertainment, corporate volunteer service, relevant and spontaneous volunteer service, emergency service, emergency decision making and online volunteering services.

The Cabinet Secretary said that although the Ministry of Local Government initiated it, many ministries are involved in this work and depending on the assignment of cases, the Ministry of Disaster Management would lead it.

Responding to a question regarding the policy, he said that the United Nations (UN) had told the government that Bangladesh should have a volunteering policy as Bangladesh is mainly a pioneer country in volunteering activities.

Anwarul Islam said that many countries have this policy but Bangladesh as the first country did it in an organized manner in 1973 under the leadership of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and then the voluntary activities spread to many countries.

Due to the policy, foreign volunteers could work in Bangladesh while similarly local volunteers could also work as UN volunteers in different countries, he said.

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