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Building My Village into a Town: Thoughts and Reality
Kazi Foyez Ahmed, Mohammed Kamrul Hasan

By expanding modern urban facilities to every village, promoting the implementation of SDGs in 2030, transforming into a developed country in 2041 and climbing the highest peak of prosperity in 2071, Bangladesh will become a golden Bengal. Bangladesh will move forward by following Delta Plan 2100 so that the development journey does not stop due to the impact of global climate change. In this development journey, the rural local government will serve as the basis for building a developed country to construct my village and my town. The role of local government, if adequately implemented, will create a conducive environment for GDP growth and continuously extend modern civic amenities to rural people. As part of the BARD applied research project, implementing "Aram Gram Aram Shahaor" in Barura Upazila No. 4 of South Khosbas Union of Cumilla District has spread the town's benefits to the village. The government plans to establish 10 model villages with all modern urban facilities in nine districts. The government has disbursed Tk 4993.90 crore already and plans to facilitate 5000 people living in these villages within June 2024.The government will also provide a loan of Tk 2 crore to the villagers under a minimal interest rate of only 3 percent. Model villages have the market infrastructure, modern health services, quality education, clean drinking water, information technology and high-speed internet facilities, improved sewage and waste management, community spaces and recreation, banking facilities, rural employment, increased power and energy supply, and agriculture. - It is said to have all facilities, including the increase in production through modernization and mechanization. Cumilla's Pomgaon will be The first pilot project, which The Department of Cooperatives (DoC) will implement under the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry.

The idea of ??rural development in Bangladesh is one of the driving forces of independence. Father of the Nation,Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, considered the village the centre of development and prosperity. In  Article 16 of the independent country's constitution, Bangabandhu promised that the state would take adequate measures for the radical transformation of rural areas through agricultural revolution, rural electrification, and development of cottage industries and other industries, which will address education, communication and public health, and persistent urban-rural disparities. According to the current government's 2018 election manifesto, this research shows improved roads, communication, clean water, modern health care and medical care, quality education, and sewage and waste management. All the facilities of a modern city should be provided to every village by increasing the supply of electricity and fuel and expanding the market for quality consumer goods, including computers, high-speed internet facilities, and electrical appliances.

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