Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has provided Taka 15 crore for the healthcare services of the country's common people, cancelling the allocation of vehicle procurement for her office.
"In fiscal year 2021-2022, Taka 15 crore was allotted for the procurement of motor vehicles of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). But, the money has been given back to spend in the healthcare services of the people at the directives of the Prime Minister," said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.
He said the premier is giving utmost importance to public health in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. So, she cancelled the allocation of vehicle procurement and directed the authorities concerned to spend this money in the public health services, he added.
To ensure the healthcare services for the people during this Coronavirus period, the premier has taken many steps, including recruitment of doctors and health workers, enhancing health infrastructure and equipment facilities, increasing ICUs and hospital capacity, providing incentives for health workers and free Covid-19 vaccines for the country's people, said Ihsanul Karim.
Sheikh Hasina has kept special allocation for the public health services. "In addition to these regular arrangements, many more people will be benefited as the money allotted for PMO's vehicle procurement would be spent in the healthcare services," he said.
PMO's Director General (administration) Mohd Ahsan Kibria Siddiqui on Sunday sent a letter to the authorities concerned to executive the directives of the Prime Minister.
In this regard, Siddiqui said the Prime Minister has set a precedent of frugality giving Taka 15 crore allotted for vehicles procurement for her office to the healthcare services.