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The most surprising name was Comrade Dilip Barua. People know about the honesty of Matia Chowdhury, Abdul Mal Abdul Muhit, Syed Ashraful Islam, Nurul Islam Nahid and Dr. Dipu Moni. Some are disappointed as some names like Fazle Nur Taposh, Hasanul Haque Inu, Rashed Khan Menon are not in. The most disputed choice might be the father in law of Hasina’s daughter Khondoker Musharrof Hossain.
Journey To Infinitive: Any Idea about portfolio? Channel I has mentioned that departments will be allocated tonight among the ministers.
Shada Kalo: 1. Not surprised that Razzak/ Amu/ Tofael/Suranjit are not included. Hasina allegedly told the RATS: “I’ll forgive, but not forget”.
2. It would be interesting to see how the conflict of interest issues are handled, specially if Col (retd) Farooq Khan gets the Power/Energy portfolio
3. Muhith for Finance is not a done deal.. there is at least one former IFC/World Bank economist on the list: Dr. Abdur Razzak
Setsuna F Seiei: As I mentioned earlier in my initial-reaction-post, younger generation representatives aren’t quite there. If this Govt wants to reach Digital Bangladesh vision, they need to include more leaders who understand the definition of digital better.
There’s still time and I sincerely hope the next 8-10 Ministers will be these real young lots. It’s disappointing to see cabinet’s getting filled with some relatives.
Agree with Shadakalo on his number 3 points. To Col (retd ) Farooq Khan, please be transparent, honest and hard working. We can’t afford any loss in this area anymore. If we can’t progress with power, country won’t reach its vision by 2100, let alone 2021!
Journey To Infinitive: Well Power is Equally complemented to LGRD as Finance is with Planning. Most important is the team work and understanding between those Ministries. I am very keen to know who gets LGRD. I like Farooq khan. But the Minister only can’t do any thing. We need some one like Kamrul Hassan Siddiqe who was known as wonder boy of LGRD history. He was the one who formed LGRD.
Journey To Infinitive: I don’t think to make RATS (Razzak, Amu, Tofail, Suranjit) out is a good Idea. I have seen ND TIWARI, S PAWER all those people were Vocal against Gandhi Family. But Still they have got Ministry and all. I feel Tofail, Razzak, Suranjit had huge contribution.
I don’t think in Parliament still RATS do not have any substitute.
Shada Kalo: I was watching the oath ceremony on TV, and it seemed like Begum Munnujan Sufian tried to get to a mike, found it occupied, and turned around for a bit before finding a vacant spot. Where were the protocol officers who are paid to ensure these things do not happen? And I hope Begum Sufian will be able to navigate the bureaucracy better.
– Nurul Islam Nahid: Education (source)
– Barrister Shafique Ahmed: Law (speculation)
– Inu and Menon are two noticeable omissions that I didn’t care about much, but I was hoping Col. Oli Ahmed would get a portfolio.
– Lets see if Hasina can do a new thing and relinquish Defense to a minister. As far as I recall, our PMs have always kept Defense in their own hands (fat lot of good that did). There is no reason Defense and Muktojuddho can not be combined under one minister, and I hope Air Vice Marshal (rtd) A. K. Khandker would get that. But as Bush would say, “not gonna happen”
Setsuna F Seiei: Dipu Moni is the Foreign Minister!!!! I’m Sooo Happy!!!
Shada Kalo: Amazing. A doctor and a lawyer in one.
Note: Dr. Dipu Moni has a website. check it out!
Journey To Infinitive: Just in. Advocate Sahara Khatun for Home. Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj will be the State Minister.
Full portfolio from BDNEWS24:
* Sheikh Hasina – Defence, Parliamentary, Religion, Women Affairs, Energy, Housing, Works
* Motia Chowdhury – Agriculture
* Syed Ashraful Islam – LGRD
* AMA Muhit – Finance
* AK Khandker -Planning
* Nurul Islam Nahid – Education
* Abul Kalam Azad – Information
* Dr. Abdur Razzak – Food and Relief
* Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain (father in law of Hasina’s daughter Saima Wajed) – labour and employment and expatriate welfare
* Dilip Barua – Industries (technocrat quota)
* GM Quader – Civil Aviation and Tourism
* Barrister Shafiq Ahmed – Law (technocrat quota)
* Raziuddin Ahmed Razu – Telecommunications
* Dr. AFM Ruhul Haq – health
* Col Faruq Khan – Commerce
* Abdul Latif Siddiqui – Jute and Textiles
* Ramesh Chandra Sen – Water Resources
* Enamul Huq Mustafa Shahid – Social Welfare
* Rezaul Karim Hira – Land
* Afsarul Amin – Shipping
* Abdul Latif Biswas – Fisheries and Livestock
* Syed Abul Hossain – Communication
* Dr. Dipu Moni – Foreign
* Advocate Sahara Khatun – Home
* Mostafizur Rahman – Environment
* ABM Tajul Islam – Liberation War Affairs
* Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj -Home
* Dr Hasan Mahmood – Foreign
* Begum Munnujan Sufian – Labor
* Dipankar Talukder – CHT
* Ahad Ali Sarkar – Sports
* Yafes Osman -Science
Most encouraging is the number of women in the cabinet. There are four female ministers except the Prime Minsiter: Motia Chowdhury, Sahara Khatun, Dipu Moni and Munnuzan Sufian.
From the comments section:
Manirul Islam: Excluding Saber Hossain, no matter whatever ‘reformer’ stigma is attached to his name’ is not strategically correct. He is one of the very few AL front line leaders like Motia and Nasim who had serious participation in street protests, and also one of the rare type of AL leaders having clean image. Furthermore, excluding Mustafa Jalal has left politically very pricey inner Dhaka literally unrepresented.
Engr. Mosharraf Hossain does neither have any political or academic credential, nor a correct image to claim this reward and responsibility. To me, one of the best choices is the inclusion of Dilip Barua.
Inclusion of Inu and Menon was an imperative for Sheikh Hasina if she wanted to get long term dividend from our national patriotic politics. I, like majority public, personally have no regret for the fall of liabilities like RATS and Sheikh Salim.
Journey To Infinitive: Any idea about * Raziuddin Ahmed Razu who got Telecommunication? What is his back ground and all? Dilip Barua In Industry? Very surprising. All his life he followed hard core left politics. Most important he does have strong ties with China.
Setsuna F Seiei: So far reactions received on Sahara Khatun selection reaction are quite negative. May be she will do well but 15 out of 16 people i’ve spoken to cant rely on her. Im fearing HUJI members are playing holi at this moment and Noor Mohammed (IG) is baffled in uniform. I thought only following portfolios got some justice done (either to the portfolio or to the candidate):
LGRD- Syed Ashraful
Agriculture – Matia Choudhury
Finance – A M A Muhit
Education – Nahid
AK Khondoker should have received much more important ministry.
Journey To Infinitive: I learned that Mr Raju has been graduated in 1966. So I guess Telco is not the right place for him.
Setsuna F Seiei: There goes your vision 2021 and Digital Bangladesh. I love my dad but i would never put him in technical/IT related stuff because that’s not his cup of tea. Someone young…. dreams going down the drain already…
An interesting comment in Unheard Voice Blog:
Sheikh Hasina had requested Dilip Barua not to demand a nomination for the Parliamentary seat; in exchange he was promised a technocrat ministry. The same offer was made to Inu and Menon. They refused and demanded that they be nominated. That might be the reason they are not getting a ministerial post at the moment.
Journey To Infinitive: I am worried about one thing…due to inexperience of the Cabinet there is a chance of bureaucracy starting to dominate.
Shada Kalo: Poor Munnujan Sufian.. she will be eaten alive by the secretaries.
Salam Dhaka: Yafes Osman – I think he is (writer) Shaukat Osman’s son.
Journey To Infinitive: I am wondering why Dilip Barua was given a key ministry like industry. He follows communist ideology, will it be a problem?
Salam Dhaka: The previous BNP government religiously followed the donors’ directives in absence of a strong voice in the industry ministry. We have to focus on our internal industries and create jobs.
Journey To Infinitive: So I believe Industry and Commerce Ministry has balance.
Tokai: Awami League has shown it’s commitment to women. Foreign, Home and Agriculture, arguably the top 3 ministries will have a woman leader. When was the last time Bangladesh had a woman foreign minister?
Journey To Infinitive: Bangladesh never had an women foreign minister.
Tokai: The first time that Khulna will see a Minister. Also the first time where grassroots leaders got the chunk of the cabinet positions nomination versus businessmen.
Journey To Infinitive: Well Little confusion here. Yafes osman is the State Minister of Science, Information & Technology and also the Telecommunication Ministry.
Raziuddin Ahmed Razu is the Minsiter of the Post & Telecommunication ministry. Who is the boss of Telecom then?
Rezwan: Its Razu obviously.
From the comments section:
Onno Manush: Sohel Taj is a fantastic pick for home. Graduated from George Washington university, this guy is young and tough and even after being an MP for 5 years, has a superb reputation. He moved his family to Bangladesh and went through the pains of proving himself to his people and deserves this honor.
Ehsan: Most of the cabinet members are with honest image. But in Bangladesh most people are honest when they don’t get any chance to be dishonest. So time will say how we shall grow as a nation. But I am hoping for the best and really dreaming for a ‘Din Bodol’.
Journey To Infinitive: Dr Dipu Moni is an unbelievable pick and shows the statement that is being made here. She is trained in Johns Hopkins, one of the most premier institutions in the world. She is a simple woman, a practicing physician and now she will be our face to the world. What does that tell the world about Bangladesh.
Shada Kalo: Yes, Yafes Osman is Shawkat Osman’s son. He has to be in his 50s.. 2008 was Shawkat Osman’s 91st birth anniversary.
Unless Bangladesh is going to ditch IMF/WB and get even closer with Beijing, I still don’t get the Dilip Barua nomination. Bangladesh needs $2 billion (for 2000 MW additional power generation, which is a high priority) and Korean/Chinese supplier credit is not going to cut it–so we have to ask WB/IMF for that fund. As the saying goes, beggars cannot be choosers. I’d like to see Finance/ERD ask for loans/grants while the industry minister ignores IMF prescriptions–that will never happen.
Another concern: Comrade Barua is going to escalate the various unions’ power at the detriment of the industry. If he can strike a good balance, I have no complaint.
Perhaps he can learn from China.. both Menon and Barua are experts in opening the umbrella if it rains in Beijing.
Journey To Infinitive: I am really happy to see the big change in the total environment. Bloggers are concerned about the Economy, IT, Telecom and over all policy making. I couldn’t imagine such thing on 2001.
Faiyaz:Yafes Osman might not be a bad choice as ICT minister. He is from BUET and looks after the BUET student politics. Therefore he is in touch with the BUET graduates. Moreover, as far as I have seen him, he seems to be a dynamic personality. He is about 60 years of age.
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