Planning Minister MA Mannan has said that electricity supply will contribute immensely in poverty alleviation in the country by improving the livelihood of rural people.
"The government has been able to curtail the country's poverty rate through providing uninterrupted electricity across the country," said the planning minister.
"Electricity is the most effective tool for reducing the poverty rate because hardworking laborers of the rural areas will be able to work till night," he added.
He made the observation recently while speaking as the chief guest at the workshop titled: "Learning and Closing workshop of the Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) Program" organized by ICCO Cooperation.
Planning Minister MA Mannan said that electricity has reached many rural people's door steps and is facilitating them to increasing poor rural people's ability to generate income.
Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Team Leader – Food & Nutrition Security and Sustainable Development Koen Everaert, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)Towfiqul Islam Khan, and Senior Food Security Advisor, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Osman Haruni, were presented as the special guests.
Head of Programs, ICCO Cooperation Abul Kalam Azad chaired the session.