Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

High-speed internet in all unions by 2018: Palak


State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Sunday said the government has planned to bring the country's all unions under high-speed internet connectivity by 2018.

"Now about 60 lakh people are getting digital services through 5,272 union digital centers in all over the country", Palak said. The state minister was addressing an inaugural function of Jhenaidah Pourasabha's "Online billing and payment system & Human waste treatment plan project" as the chief guest.

Palak also said people now can pay all bills, including poura tax, through online system.  Poura mayor Saidul Karim Mintu presided over the function.

It was addressed, among others, by Joint Secretary of Prime Minister's Office Mustafijur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner Mahabub Alam Talukder, Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman and Senior Software Engineer Shakila Rahman.

Despite having 50 years of history the government has only from 1997 started the process of developing a national ICT strategy.In 2002 Bangladesh identified ICT as a "thrust sector" as it represents potential for quick wins in reforms, job creation, industry growth.

-AA Correspondent, Jhenidah

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