Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) yesterday approved four projects where the government will provide Tk 440.96 crore and the foreign loan will be Tk 93.40, including a new scheme for protection and development of local species of fish and snails with Tk 202.04 crore, reports BSS.  The approval came from a meeting of the ECNEC held with its Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair where Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal and Planning Minister MA Mannan joined the meeting virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence while the ministers, state ministers and others concerned joined the meeting from the NEC Conference room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, reports Daily Bangladesh.  Mannan said, of the approved projects, one is new while three others are revised projects. The larger and ultimate goal of the government is to preserve the local species.  The Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock will implement the project by June 2024 at some 49 upazilas under 10 districts of the South-Western region of the country.
Planning Commission member Md Zakir Hossain Akand said once the project is implemented, it would help boost the production of snails in the country alongside saving the sweet water fishes from extinction. Fish sanctuaries would be created under the project while some pilot projects would also be undertaken under this project.