The Environment Minister, Bangladesh, wants to work on avoiding controversy
Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, the new Minister, of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, (MOFECC), Bangladesh, wants to avoid controversy. He said that any kind of lobbying would not be acceptable to him.
As the new minister, he said this in an exchange meeting with the senior officials of the ministry and the heads of the departments and organizations under his jurisdiction in the meeting room at the secretariat on January 21, 2024.
The environment minister said, “Transparency and accountability will be established in the activities of the Ministry. Any controversy or lobbying in the performance of duties will not be acceptable. The media will also be fully supported.”
Mentioning the need for active participation of relevant ministries and departments to prevent environmental pollution, he said, “We will work in coordination with other ministries.”
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board President Saber Hossain Chowdhury is also working on the environment. On June 12 last year, he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s special envoy on environment and climate. In the 11th parliament, he was also the chairman of the standing committee on the MOFECC, Bangladesh.
He had come to the cabinet before. In 1996, he was made the Deputy Minister of Shipping and then the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives of Bangladesh.
This time after becoming the environment minister, the minister said that he would focus on trying to get international funds for the climate change sector in his response to the journalists.
He also said about making a 100-day action plan taking into consideration the priorities of the ministry. Along with that, he announced the proper implementation of laws to prevent sustainable development and forest encroachment.
He said, “Necessary steps will be taken to solve air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution, plastic-polythene pollution, and mountain cutting by taking the suggestions of stakeholders.”