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Definitely there are factors that are barricading the growth and development of the country. What could the barricades be? Accepting the fact that Foreign analyzers and citizens of Bangladesh could list as many as hundreds of factors hindering the growth and economic developments, but all these factors can be put under the banner of 5 major factors.

According to my view these factors are:

  1. Population;
  2. Natural calamities & Environmental problems;
  3. Political instability.
  4. Inequality; and
  5. Corruption;

The views of renowned authors and economists concerned on the studies of the economy of Bangladesh expressed the similar opinion, pointed out the five above barricading factors along with several others that can be integrated into these barricades, and proved that economical reforms are possible through the solution presented at different stages while investigating and studying the past and present economical situation. Models have been provided by economists which are taken into considerations. The author of this paper work have represented such references and solutions at the solution part to the each of the above barricades


The population of Bangladesh has been one of the major problems to the economical growth. Policies and programmers by GOB and NGOs have been constantly trying to reduce the birth and growth rate.

Population of Bangladesh And Its Effect

Bangladesh is the eighth most populated country in the world, having a population above 160million people in 55.598 sq.mile, which gives a population density of almost 1000 people/kilometer. The estimated crude birth rate is 26/1000 and the crude death rate is 10/1000 population(2010 est.). CIA mentioned that the growth rate of population in the nation is 1.566% (2011). If the population growth rate is not prevented, according to the steady growth calculation, the population is expected to be more than 300million people by 2050.

Solution To Population Problem:-

The government is doing the right thing by allocating highest amount of budget to the education sector. If people are educated, they can understand the problems of having large families. Educated and skilled people would be more oriented towards career which would help containing population. Government has made primary education free and has made education upto graduation level free of cost. Educating female population shall not only help them in their emancipation but also make them aware of different factors which would help to decrease population. The following has been supported by Haque(2006) in (p.111) which he proved that education of the population is directly linked with the drastic population boom. He mentioned after calculation and analysis that women with urban residential background have three-tenth less children compared to women residing in rural

areas. Such is the effect of education; people residing in urban areas are mostly literate as having the ability to achieve tallest primary education, whereas in rural areas people can not.

The use of contraceptives can reduce the rate of population growth and criticalities related to birth. Family Planning Department under GOB has been involved in relentless effort in popularizing four-member family, husband-wife and their two children. Clinics ran by Family Planning Department and NGOs are providing different types of contraceptives for free to slow the rate of population growth. Such effort to increase the use of contraceptives among people has been successful in declining the fertility rate from 6.78% in 1961 to 5.07% in 1983 and further to 2.98% in 1998 (Bangladesh Bureau Of Statistics, 2002). Educating the reproductive females on their diets and carefulness during pregnancy to avoid premature birth is also offered free by GOB Family agencies and NGOs.

Recent MDG award to Bangladesh tells us about the progression made in this field. Social classes above the poor-class group are aware of the family planning and drawbacks of having large families. Raising family planning awareness among the poor people of the country, the group mostly responsible for the population boom, has become frustrating. Despite relentless efforts, policies, measures, family planning educations, benefits and incentives provided by GOB and NGOs, the poor are never to understand their irresponsibleness creating a burden on the national economy and increasing the infant and maternal mortality rate. Legislation must be introduced against these groups, restricting on the number of children each family can have and to attract poor people of the country to

practice such, GOB shall introduce certain financial benefits limiting four member families; husband-wife and their two children. A database of such families enjoying benefits must be preserved at the local constituency office and a regular observation over the families shall be kept in order to ensure that the size of the family has not increased, if so, the family shall immediately stop receiving incentives and benefits any further. Deputy Editor of Prothom-Alo, the country’s largest newspaper agency, emphasized on developing the practice of democracy and the human-labor export industry to increase the nation’s revenue and at the same time to decrease the pressure of over-sized population in the country.


Environment and natural calamities plays a vital role against the economical and infrastructure development of Bangladesh. The disastrous effect of several cyclones and hurricanes are still imparting pressure on the national economy.

Natural Calamities And Its Effect

Bangladesh is a land of different natural calamities such as floods, storms, droughts and erosions. Estimated amount of 20.5% Bangladeshi inhabitants are flooded annually(Mirza,2001). In 1998, flood had devastation effect on the economy and the agriculture of Bangladesh, where 75% of the land was submerged, loss of crops in 700,000 hectares cultivated land and infrastructure damages were experienced(BBC, 1998). Re-building the infrastructures took years and financial loans had to be realized from foreign communities. Flash flood occurs regularly, rendering damages to crops, livestocks and makes million people homeless. The loss of navigability of rivers and sudden flow of water from upstream are main reasons for erosion and has been a major problem for the inhabitants on the river bank. The effect of the second tropical storm Alia still has the negative impact on the economy of Bangladesh, economy suffered a loss of $14.4million from the disaster(Wikipedia, Alia).

Storm Alia made most of cultivatable land of Southern Bangladesh saline. Rice scientists have invented a gene named Saltol. Saltol is inserted into the chromosome of low-yielding salt tolerant varieties and high-yielding varities to grow crops in saline waters. Scientists are hoping that use of such gene shall double the yield of rice grown in 2-4 years(Hossain,2008).

Scientific researches suggested that Bangladesh has fallen into the risky zone for earthquake. Several small earthquakes has been experienced in the country sooner and indicating the possible effect of the disastrous earthquake in the near future. Having poor infrastructural base and neglecting building codes and guidelines, small earthquakes havehad enough impact on the lives and infrastructure of the nation’s major cities. The effect of any big earthquake, such with a magnitude of 7.5 Richter scale or above, would prove disastrous to the nation, its population, infrastructure and the economy would suffer for couple of decades. Arsenic poisoning in the northern part of Bangladesh, due to deteroiting level of ground water and arsenic-rich materials in the region’s river system has caused a big alarm to the world community. As per Unicef report in 2008, about 20 million people in the country’s 8,000 villages are using tube-well water contaminated with arsenic. Random testing of 4.7 million tube-wells were carried out of which 1.4 million has been found to have arsenic above the government-set drinking water level of 50ppb(parts per billion), whereas WHO guideline states that 10ppb is the highest limit of arsenic present in water is drinkable(Unicef, 2008).

How To combat and minimize the effect of Natural Calamities:-

The geographical location of Bangladesh is the top most reason for its natural disasters. Being one of the largest deltas of the world and located confluencially with the Bay Of Bengal of the country’s three major river systems; Padma, Meghna and Jamuna- flood, cyclones and tornadoes occur every year, damaging lives and properties. Global warming is one of the reasons for continuous occurrence of natural disasters in Bangladesh. The nation is playing active role and voicing its concern about the issue. Foreign communities have pledged almost £2billion to combat global warming issues. Countries like Bangladesh which are not much responsible for carbon emission and green house effect are paying the price for irresponsible behavior of few industrialist nations. Minimizing the level of carbon emission and global warming related issues can not be left to the Department Of Environment(Environment Agency Under GOB) alone. Industrialists, while setting-up of industry, and financial institutions, while financing any projects; must agree jointly to prevent the effect of carbon emission and other industrial hazards to environment. The guideline known as the ‘’Equator Principles’’ which has been followed as a model by 57 large private banks around the globe as their contribution to prevent global warming and environmental hazards through laying down voluntary set of standards for determining, assessing, managing social and environmental risk in project financing stating in simple words, ‘’We will not provide loans directly to projects where the borrower will not or is unable to comply with our environmental and social policies and processes’’(Khan, 2010). Building of dams can check and reduce the intensity of flood. Flood waters are washing away millions of tons of crops every year shall be reduced through such construction and reduce the economical stress of the national budget as to balance the destroyed or washed away crops, to meet the local demand, the government has to import the shortage amounts. Although rainfall has both negative and positive effect on the cultivation, the present effect of rain, causing flood, is negatively affecting the economic growth rate output as Bangladesh is an agriculture based economy, the share of agriculture in output is heavily related to any national economic growth equation (Boyce, 1987). There is a matter of encouragement that Bangladesh Rice Research institute has been trying to develop a unique variety of rice which can stand the flood and saline water, successful result of the

carried on research would save tons of loss of crops washed away by flood water every year. Moreover, proper dredging and embankment might reduce river erosion. Building of cyclone and flood shelter could also minimize the effect of loss which can shelter people and their livestock. Bangladesh has experienced less numbers of fatal earthquakes, it must prepare itself for the worst. The nation experienced severe earthquake of 6.8 magnitude, the highest record till September 2011 which prolonged for almost two minutes. Seismologists said that an earthquake with an magnitude of 7.5 would devastate the country’s capital city, Dhaka. Precautions are being taken through diminishing of buildings that has violated building construction codes and through educating the people about surviving tactics during earthquake. Mass awareness programme has been undertaken by the government and NGOs to avoid arsenic contaminated water. GOB was first notified about its citizen being contaminated by arsenic in 1985 by West-Bengal(India Western Part) government while medical checking some Bangladeshis crossing the border(Bangladesh-India Land Border). Till 1998 the government and its development partner has not taken any measures to mitigate the harmfulness effect of arsenic (Khan, 2010). Programmes and researches are being carried upon to identify sources of arsenic contaminated water and to provide alternative source of safe drinking water, to aware people from drinking such and emergency treatment of arsenic victims made available. As we know, rivers are the life of a country. To ensure that rivers are not polluted, GOB has taken different steps, one such includes sincere action against those found guilty of polluting the river acconfirmed by the Supreme Court. Government has banned the use of wood in the brick fields as preservations of trees as well as from to stop polluting the air.


Political instability is probably a never ending problem for Bangladesh. The instability of politics has imparted severe problems in education system, economy and poverty reduction.

Unending Political Instability

One might ask the question that the country gained its independence just 41 years out of which 19 years were passed through unrestness, and the journey of the first democratic government began just 21 years back, the country is still at the infant stage of democracy so a mature democratic environment is a far cry. As stated by Ripan Kumar Biswas, freelance writer of New York Times in 2008 ‘’There is no denying that things in Bangladesh today are not the way they ought to be, let alone what they promised to be’’. He added, ‘’after 37 years, people of Bangladesh are facing mortal challenges while they are remembering the supreme sacrifices and gallantry of the country’s bravest and enlightened people but till now, is Bangladesh free from any blueprint? Secularism, democracy, scarcity of essential livelihoods, freedom of rights even tolerance, and communal harmony are being thrown overboard today’’. Country which follows a democracy form of government are yet in the hands of politicians and business syndicate groups. Political conflicts, inefficiency of local administration, taxation fraudulent, corruption at government levels, cartel of business syndicates are

barricading the country from prospering ahead and achieve development as it was supposed to have. The complains of the nation’s population and foreign conglomerates remains on the pace of prosperity and development, regardless of constant effort and finances exerted in Bangladesh by International organizations and foreign countries, in terms of loans and aids. Political instability has cost Bangladesh a lot. To quantify political instability is a tough practice, but the World Bank has come up with a composite index of political stability. The composite index has been developed on the basis of assassination, civil unrest, military coup, insurgency, terrorism, violation of human rights, etc. The index has revealed the gradual deterioration of political instability in Bangladesh.

Solution To Political Instability:-

The malady of political instability has no easy way out of our society. Political instability is the greatest threat to the economy of Bangladesh. Dynastic politics, inadequacies of the constitution, mistrust among people, power hunger, etc. promoted political instability. When two main political parties fight each other to come to power and form government, vicious cycle of violence and conflict is created. Supporting the statement Khan(2010) showed three possible ways out to overcome political instability (p. 204) and possible end to dynastic rivalries, although it will take time. Firstly, the members and leaders of both political parties believe that political instability can deem through execution of their rival, since such is almost impossible and has fueled fierceness, realistically either of the party must get eliminated totally. Secondly he suggested establishment of liberal democracy realizing that neither of the two parties can eliminate each other. The third and the last suggestion said that the weakening of dynastic loyalties can gradually deem the dynastic rule and end political instability. Doing so would dissolve 60% of political instability. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh enjoys absolute power which is guarded by the constitution. Reducing of Prime Minister’s power and diversifying few to the opposition could reduce political tensions. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh enjoys supreme power such compared to monarchs of the past. Minimizing the power Prime Minsiter, political parties, judiciary, legislators and chief executives shall reduce the political tension(Khan, 2010). Strong lawful action against any political leaders and government high officials if found guilty through the amendment of the constitution shall raise fear in the minds of dispute planners and executors. A constitution that promotes democracy and gives clean guidance for the future development is indeed essential for Bangladesh. NGOs and civil society can play active role in building trust among local people. Civil people can give advises to the local government to bring in end to violation and start a harmonical relationship. Bangladesh where 95% people speak the same

language, share the common culture, 90% follow the same religion the question keeps ringing in people – how could a country being so homogenous in major issues be deeply divided into two factions? Recently members of the civic society has voiced concern about the growing division which has already taken toll to the economy of the country as stated in an article by Heritage(2003) that the Bangladesh government has attempted to stimulate other sectors other than agriculture to diversify the economy but political instability, investment restrictions, and high tariffs continue to undermine these efforts. Syed Ashraful Islam , Minister for Local Government & Rural Development and General Secretary of ruling part suggested election to be held on every four years instead of five years. This suggestion would have brought patience in the opposition party as a long five years wait for an election makes them very restless. But people from both the camps threw cold water to the proposal of Mr Ashraful. Political parties never initiated any steps to soothe political tensions. The National Parliament has to have certain power to control the political disputes; although the Parliament is dominated by the government where oppositions are so marginalized as a result they prefer streets rather than parliament to press its demand. The dynastic politics needs to come to an end, old generation politicians needs to be replaced, making places for new people and injecting fresh blood having modern thinking. Constitution can be amended limiting the number of Hartals and stopping other political movements which are destructive to the economy carried out by opposition parties every year. Political parties of Bangladesh are heavily influenced by foreign elements. The foreign elements can come forward and play a vital role in reducing the rate of political instability through increasing the social interaction between leaders of different political parties. Mr Stephan Evans, High commissioner of The United Kingdom in Bangladesh, during an interaction with local

journalists, said that the political mistrust and confrontational politics run deep in this country and that the country cannot afford to return to the politics of deep-seated division and violence of the past. He even mentioned political instability as a biggest threat than global warming. Emphasizing on resolving issues through dialogue, Evans said that he has repeatedly conveyed to all political parties over the past three years – strongly encouraging the government and the opposition – to engage in constructive politics and hold dialogues to resolve the issues. So the bottom-line of solving political instability is dialogue. Government must take opposition into confidence and pursue for solving disputes through discussion and dialogues instead of showing heavy handed attitude.


Growth and equality are the important factors for the development objectives. There are different logics regarding linkage between growth, income distribution and poverty. How much does the growth benefit poor? Or does it increase the gap between the poor and the rich ? Are the questions that are paradoxical to the economists. Using datas from 143 growth episodes, a research at the Institute Of Development Studies under University Of Sussex(United Kingdom), showed, supporting Dollar and Kraay(2000) preposition that the ratio of the poorest quintile’s mean income to national

mean income does not change systematically as a result of growth(Eastwood&Lipton,2001).

According to UNESCAP, several cases exist where the rate of poverty reduction is positively related to the rate of growth. Sometimes slow growth is accompanied by a

relatively high reduction in poverty or fast growth going hand-in-hand with slower reduction in poverty. It has been well accepted that broad-based growth and low initial equality are the two factors which are quite critical to accelerating progress towards the poverty goal. Several under-developed nations successfully managed to reduce poverty, but progress of Bangladesh in poverty reduction is quite moderate. Steady economic growth and restrained population growth has helped considerable

progress in per capita income since 1990. In the last one and a half decades(1991-2005), the growth rate was on average of 5% per year. Despite 5% per year growth trend, the poverty has not declined fast enough in the country. Various Household-Expenditure Survey(HES) report shows that according to the Daily Caloric Intake(DCI) method, the trend in poverty reduction remained largely the same between 1988-1989 and 1995-1996 respectively. The percentage of people below the poverty line fell to 44.3% in 2000 and to 40.4% in 2005. The improvement in the poverty rate was not strong enough in relation to population growth to reduce the absolute number of poor people. The absolute number increased continuously from 55.3 million in 1995-96 to 55.9 million in 2000 and again to 56.0 million in the year 2005. The above linear statistics shows that the percentage of people under the poverty line decreased by 7.4% in 16 years but the number of poor people increased by 11.3%. Recently, world recession and high price of food items in the world-food market has cast a

glooming effect on the people of Bangladesh, specially those living in urban areas as rural people being directly involved in primary sector, find food items relatively in cheaper price in villages. Bangladesh has been experiencing a double-digit figure of inflation of 10.2% (2009 est.), which has put a lot of people under the poverty line. The persistent devaluation of Bangladesh’s domestic currency, Taka, to favor garments export has increased the rate of inflation, which has compelled the importers of the nation to pay more for import bills and has ultimately being passed to the consumer resulting into more inflation transmission into the economy. The high price of oil in the global market has put Bangladesh under economical pressure. The demand for fuel-oil in domestic market rises every year, the increase in furnace-oil generated power plants in the nation, to meet the shortages of electricity boosted the demand even further. Under pleading from International Monetary Fund(IMF) and World Bank(WB) to adjust the price of oil with its neighboring country, India and Burma, Bangladesh had to raise the price of fuel-oil in the domestic market earlier September this year. According to the economists, such hike in the price shall increase the rate of inflation which is already at 11.29%. The hike in the price shall relatedly increase the transportation fares and carrying costs of goods including foods items which shall badly affect the lives of low and fixed income people.(Financial Express, 2011). Government is subsidizing the price of fuel to its citizen. In 2010, fuel subsidy cost the government $1.1billion. The Chairman of Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation(BPC), Muqtadir Ali, stated that if the fuel oil price is not hiked, due to increased domestic demand, the government shall have to subsidize $3.5billion this year. Even after the subsidized rate, farmers are finding it tough to cope up with the fuel cost for cultivation and irrigation, which is turn is raising the cost of rise, wheats, etc. Inflation popularly known as ‘’cruelest tax of all’’ has put low-class as well as middle-class income groups under tempting pressure.

One of the important aspects in Bangladesh to notice is the taxation system. According to the National Board Of Revenue(NBR), despite having a population of 160 million, only 2 million people pays tax. World Bank stated that Bangladesh is the lowest of all the countries in South Asia in terms of tax-GDP ratio, even lower than that in Nepal. The growing tendency of tax evasion resulted rampart roll of black money in the economy. Tax incentives and evasion costs the economy of the nation a loss of US$15 billion per year(Akram, 2006). The growing black money economy has made a lot of people ultra rich. It is a very common sight on the streets of Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh, poor and half-clothed children, aged between 8years to 15years old, turns into wiping luxurious cars & SUVs struck in traffic-jam with an expectation for US$0.013- US$0.020 in return of their work.

Solution To Inequality:-

Solving inequality in the country, at the time, could be very complex and unwelcoming since the GOB has to take tough and unpopular decisions in this regard. Proper formulation and implementation of Monetary and Fiscal policy is very crucial to narrow the gap between rich and poor. As we know Monetary policy which is a restrictionist or deflationary one may attempt to reduce inflation but there might be the risk of worsening unemployment. And expansionist or a reflationary monetary policy may attempt to reduce unemployment and stimulate national economy but it may have the disadvantage of high inflation. Here government has to be very careful regarding controlling the money supply in the economy.


Corruption is one of the major barrier to economical development of a nation. The cancer ‘’corruption’’ is a global problem, heavily in under-developed and developing nations.

Corruption in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the poorest and most underprivileged countries of the world. United Nations Human Development Index(2002) listed Bangladesh ranking 145 out of 173 countries. More than 40% of the total population of the country lives below the poverty line. Poor governance and dysfunctional institutions have made the present situation more worse. The pervasiveness and rampant abuse of power has earned the country a dubious reputation as one of the most corrupted country in the world.

Possibilities To Call An End To The Corruption

Corruption is one of the greatest obstacles to development. It hinders proper allocation of resources as well as the performance of government. But reduction of corruption can not be done overnight. Anti corruption strategies should be formulated where broad based participation of every group must be ensured. Petter Langseth, Ph. D, Programme Manager, Global Programme Against Corruption presented a paper at the ISPAC Conference on responding to the challenges of corruption on 19 November 1999 in Milan. The anti-corruption strategy advocated in this paper (p.2) rests on four pillars: (a) economic development; (b) democratic reform; (c) a strong civil society with access to

information and a mandate to oversee the state; and (d) the presence of rule of law. On the basis of these four broad contexts, there are four basic arenas in which action can be taken against corruption within a country: First, the basic institution of good governance needs to be strengthened. At the head

of this list is the judiciary, which is itself the guardian of laws and integrity. But if the judiciary is itself corrupt, the problem is compounded and the public at large without rule of law. Secondly, the capacity and integrity of enforcement need to be enhanced. The best law has no value if it is not enforced. The best judges and magistrates are wasted if cases are never brought to them. Good investigations are wasted effort if the judge or magistrate is corrupt. Third, a government needs to put in place a solid set of preventive tools. Codes of Conduct and strong independent oversight bodies can help ensure that the acceptable standards of behavior are respected in both the private and public sector.

Political leaders in all branches of government, legislative and judiciary can be required to have transparency in their own financial dealings through asset disclosure for themselves and their family members. Fourth, the public needs to be educated on the advantages of good governance and participate in promoting it. The public itself bears a large share of responsibility for insisting on honesty and integrity in government and business. The public needs to learn: (a) not to let anybody buy their vote; (b) not to pay bribes themselves; (c) to report incidents of corruption to the authorities; and (d) to teach their children the right values; e.g. that integrity is good and corruption is bad. Based on the above discussion the following steps can be identified as tools for reducing corruption in Bangladesh.

  1. Education: If people are educated they would be able to know their rights and relevant laws. If people are educated, there shall be no chance for a corrupt public servant to make them fool and ask for bribes to get work done which falls their citizenship right. Surveys proved that regions with a higher number of educated population has thwarted the corruption practice of officials;
  2. Reforms: Bringing reforms in the electoral process shall result in bringing down corruption. Law must be introduced by the Election Commission allowing only clean people to participate in the election and preventing tax evaders, loan defaulters, law breakers from running in the election. Such practice shall ensure honest and clean people at the helm of power, who shall not indulge themselves in practicing corruption.
  3. Access to information and civil-society rights can bridge the gap between the government and the public. Free flow of information can be effective to counter corruption. Making pros and cons of public development, infrastructure development, programmes and policies available to citizens, the officials involved would not resort to any corrupt practice in fear of public outcry.
  4. Punishment: Government should make anti-corruption cell stronger and appoint impartial administrator to investigate corruption committed by any politicians and officials, finding such people guilty shall result straightly into imprisonment, wealth and properties seizure.
  5. Formation of special team representing the foreign donors to observe the movement of the donated funds for the development of the nation must be acquired to ensure its proper utilization for which it has been intended. Such team should have ready excess into the government level and right to questions, within the area of their interest. Such reformation shall reduce the vulnerable rise of project values and the government require less amount in loans for developmental purpose from the donors for each specific project which in turn shall result into paying less interest amount, thus easing the economy of the country. The payback time period shall also be reduced while requests for new loans can be made once the previous credit(s) amount is paid back which shall also rapidize the infrastructure development.


Bangladesh which is 8th most populated country in the world has found herself back footed due to the burden of over population. The density of population is 1600 per kilometer tells the magnitude of the problem. The limited resources should go to meet the basic needs of the population or be used to build infrastructure which would pave the way for greater economic growth- this dilemma has put Bangladesh Government at a vulnerable position. No doubt major portion of the earnings is spent on the import of edibles. This has hindered the growth as expenditure on capital goods as well as infrastructure development suffered a lot.

The corruption which has spread into the branches of all the system in Bangladesh could be one of the most important barricading factors in the economic development of Bangladesh. It has eaten up the society from the core. Politicians who are mainly responsible for cultivating corruption are challenging the whole system. People have lost faith in administration and judiciary and are well aware of that without resorting to unethical means nothing can be done in this country. This ferocious claw of corruption has set up its claws in all the development work of the country. As a result any development work undertaken has question mark. Moreover, FDI is discouraged by the corrupt officials in the pretext of red tapes.

The growing gap between the rich and the poor created vulnerability in the country. Rich getting richer and poor getting more poorer has put the middle class virtually non-existent. Such has created a great social unrest. A country of 160 million people, having 30% population below the poverty line and experiencing social and political understand clearly makes anyone understand the gravity of the problem. The poverty has forced most on poor people to take work as a result education, health, etc. have been put into the backseat. Huge number of population, mostly children and women, are being exploited in all the fronts such as in workplace, home, etc. As discussed earlier, below 2% of the population pays tax which tells us how limited country’s internal resources are. Such has made the country dependant on foreign donors for infrastructure development. Bangladesh is widely known as the country of natural calamities. It is a common phenomenon for the people of the country to fight floods, erosions, cyclones, draughts, etc. The continuous occurrence of natural calamities cause widespread damage to crops as well as to the infrastructure, putting the country into economic constraint. The population not being recovered from one calamities finds themselves facing another. As a result they hardly make a recovering and find themselves reeling in poverty. With all these factors barricading the economic development of the country still the country has set up some unique examples for success to the world. For example, Grameen Bank which helped millions if destitute people to overcome the poverty through the introduction of micro-credit which are taken as the role-model by many developed nations. The receiving of MDG award also proves the acknowledgement of population control as well as steps taken to eradicate poverty. Bangladesh is one of the few countries whose people as well as government has become an example for the pre and post natural

calamities specially flood and cyclone preparedness programme. Thousands of flood and cyclone shelter centers which are also work as schools premises have helped lowering damage of people and property. The huge population of Bangladesh does not mean only stomachs to be filled every two hands of each and every person is eager to work. About more than

10million(unofficial)/3.92million(official) Bangladeshi are working abroad and remittances sent by these people have helped grow foreign currency reserve. The women folk of Bangladesh who were once remained in closed door now have become very active in generating income and their lots. The micro-credit loan (invention of Bangladesh and many developed nations followed the model), to these women who were able to stand up on their own feet. Millions of women are directly employed in the garments manufacturing industry and have made the country as one of the leading garments exporter in the world. The opportunity of cheap has attracted a lot of attention from different countries to set up their businesses and to have edge in the competitive world. Bangladesh has become even more liquoritive than China and Vietnam in terms of cheap labor. Government and non-government effort have improved literacy in Bangladesh and has put its name before Pakistan and Bhutan in south Asia. As we know, increase in literacy will be immensely helpful in containing population, corruption and contribute significantly in the improvement of standard of living. Knowledgeable people will not be carried away by empty promises made by politicians as a result people will be benefited from the democratic system as politicians would be answerable to the general public