The advisory committee of the of the upcoming Digital World 2017 has agreed to give Tk 12 crore from the public exchequer for arranging the event on condition that the ICT ministry would provides income and expenditures of previous events and projection of the upcoming events, officials said.
State minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak demanded the fund during a meeting of the advisory committee, presided over by finance minister AMA Muhith, at the secretariat on last Wednesday.
But the demand was opposed by state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid, one of the members of the 22-member committee.
Officials attending the meeting said Nasrul raised objection about requirement of such amount.
He noted that there would be income from selling space to the participants and sponsors of the ICT ministry and its associate organisers like the Bangladesh Computer Council, the Bangladesh Association of Software Information Service and the Access to Information.
Finance secretary Muslim Chowdhury, who was present at the meeting, supported objections raised by Nasrul Hamid, said officials.
He said the fund should be made available once details of incomes and expenditure of the previous events and projected income and expenditure of the upcoming events are submitted.
AMA Muhith said the ITC ministry was asked to submit the projections in the next meeting to be held soon.
Earlier, Palak told the advisory committee that the fourth meeting of the Digital World 2017 is scheduled to be held on 6-9 December in the capital.
Inaugurated by prime minister Sheikh Hasina, the fair is expected to attract half a million visitors and a host of experts from home and abroad.
There will be 27 seminars and 7 exhibitions during the event, the theme of which is ‘Ready for Tomorrow’.
Among others, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, Railway minister Mojibul Haq and cultural minister Asaduzzaman Nur attended the meeting.
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