‘Govt will ensure safe water, hygiene and sanitation for all by 2030’

Planning minister MA Mannan today said the government will ensure safe water, hygiene and sanitation for all the countrymen to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030.

"…safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all must be ensured to achieve SDGs by 2030," the minister said at a webinar.

The webinar was jointly organised by Development Journalist Forum of Bangladesh (DJFB) and Development Organisation of the Rural Poor-DORP ahead of the Asia and the Pacific Finance Ministers' Meeting (FMM) on December 2.

The objective of the FMM is to develop and strengthen partnerships with finance ministers in the region for smart investments in water, sanitation and hygiene.

Mannan said the developing countries project themselves as developed nations by ensuring electricity and safe water for all. Bangladesh can demand itself as a developed nation after ensuring the same.

"The government has enough funds to ensure these basic needs. But now we need target- based work to achieve our SDGs. We have to supervise the government's expenditure properly. The issue of safe water will be the main subject," the minister added.

Mannan hoped the finance minister will allocate required funds for ensuring safe water in the next budget.

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