Mustafa Jabbar, the newly-appointed minister for Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology, said on Wednesday that problems like cancer disease was already prevailing in the telecommunication division, but no steps were taken for its healing.
He made the comment while speaking at a programme organised by Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services on the day greeting him for becoming a minister.
Mustafa Jabbar, also the president of BASIS, said, ‘In just one day after taking oath, I came to realise that the problems in the IT sector are thousand times higher than my earlier understanding about the sector.’
‘I could not even imagine that problems similar to cancer prevailed in the telecom division but no initiatives have so far been taken to heal the problems,’ he said.
‘The people of the ministry and officials of mobile phone operators have also raised the issue to me, last night,’ Jabbar said.
‘We are now at a blind-ally and the task is to get out of here. Otherwise, our dream will remain unachieved,’ he said.
Speaking about his tasks as minister, Jabbar said, ‘I have only a year’s time and that is why I would keep projects on second priority that would take longer than one year and the first priority would be on short time projects.’
He also said that digitisation of education and government would be among his priorities for next one year.
He said that before doing all this, he would set a period of 100 days, based on consultation with the industry people, by when some changes would become visible.
On making internet affordable in school level and village level, he said that increasing internet speed at affordable price was a challenge but, the situation could be improved by solving problems of the operators related to internet service providing.
He, however, said that making internet available within a year was not impossible and not even that amount of time was required.
At the same time, Jabbar also suggested his colleagues not to request for any unethical matter as he would not spare all his achievements in the 69 years of his life, for just a year as a minister.
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