Dhaka, Jan. 24 -- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked deputy commissioners of all 64 districts to take up projects that are deemed necessary after a careful review of their usefulness for people.

Speaking at the opening session of a three-day annual conference in Dhaka on Tuesday, Hasina also asked the district administrators to practise austerity in using government funds, according to the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha.

"The DCs must consider the usefulness of a project for the residents of the area. They should also be careful to prevent waste in the projects."

She said the government announced austerity measures due to the global crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and Russia's war in Ukraine. "We've ...