Sheikh Hasina criticises Yunus again
The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday once again pointed her finger at Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus for playing a role behind cancellation of $1.2 billion World Bank credit for the Padma Bridge project.
In response to a supplementary question from lone independent lawmaker, Fazlul Azim, about the government’s moves to restore the WB credit line, Hasina said, ‘Yesterday, he (Azim) had walked out during passage of a bill. The one for whom he walked out had played some tricks in cancelling the credit deal with World Bank.’
Hasina said cancellation of credit line was nothing new for the World Bank. It had cancelled a number of deals in 2004 when the party Azim had represented in past parliament was in office, she added.
Azim on Tuesday walked out of the house during passage of Grameen Bank (Amendment) Bill 2012 in protest against the move to strip the Grameen board of the authority to appoint its managing director.
Hasina, in response to a question form MA Latif, said there was enough reserved funds and her government would not impose any surcharge on people for mobilising funds for the project.
‘We have already acquired land for the bridge,’ she said.
Hasina also said that if the government faces problems in arranging funds for the Padma bridge project, it might opt for an alternative design. She said an alternative design with rail track in the centre and roads on both sides was also in hand which would be less expensive.