Planning Minister MA Mannan today said that the 8th Five Year Plan will take forward the country's development trend through the implementation of different projects and generation of more employment opportunities.
"Through the 8th Five Year Plan, many projects will be implemented. The members of the Planning Commission will play a vital role in this regard. The projects under the plan will be reflected in the living standard of the country's people and will expedite further the country's development," he said.
The planning minister said this while speaking at a meeting on the '8th Five-Year Plan (July 2020-June 2025)' at the NEC conference room in the city.
Through the plan, Mannan said, the whole system of the country will forward more which will be helpful in achieving the country's development goals, Vision-2041.
The planning minister urged all to feel the Padma Multipurpose Bridge from heart.
"I sometimes look with surprise – there will be a bridge, and a span will sit on the river. For this, 16 crore people are standing there to watch. Even, the children often rent cars to go there. I also saw it myself. They tried to feel with hands. This is a very important matter. There may be some emotion. Those who do not realize will lag behind," he added.
He said the country will witness more mega projects during this new Five-Year Plan period while the implementation of the existing mega projects would get a 'pick-up' and many of those would witness completion during this 8th Plan period.
He said this expansionary Plan would be helpful in attaining growth, further alleviating poverty, further strengthening the rural economy, addressing income inequality, expanding and further deepening the coverage of the social safety nets.
Among others, Planning Commission secretary, IMED secretary and members of the Planning Commission were present on the occasion.
The National Economic Council (NEC) approved the 8th Five Year Plan (2021-2025) of the country on December 29, 2020 in order to attain 8 percent GDP growth on average per year and also to achieve various economic and social targets during the five-year period as envisioned under the country's 2nd Perspective Plan (2021-2041).