Prime minister Sheikh Hasina to announce work plan Sunday to overcome virus impact

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will announce the government’s workplan at a press conference on Sunday to overcome the possible impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy.

The press conference will be held at 10am at Sheikh Hasina’s official residence Ganobhaban, said PM’s Press Sectary Ihsanul Karim.

Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar will broadcast the press conference live.

Meanwhile, a high-level meeting in this connection was held at Ganobhaban on Thursday evening with Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, PM’s principal secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, Bangladesh Bank governor Fazle Kabir, finance ministry senior secretary Abdur Rouf, and PMO secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah were present at the meeting.

While addressing the nation on 25 March on the occasion of the Independence and National Day 2020, the prime minister announced a stimulus package of Tk 50 billion for export-oriented industries to fight the adverse impacts of coronavirus on the country’s economy.

This money will be used for providing the salaries and wages of workers and employees only.

Besides, she said, the Bangladesh Bank has already taken some pro-business steps. The central bank will not announce any customer as loan defaulter till June next.

The government on 23 March declared general holidays from 26 March to 4 April, aiming to prevent the transmission of deadly coronavirus. Later it was extended to 11 April.

But kitchen markets, food shops, pharmacies, hospitals and all emergency services are remained out of the purview of the general holidays.