Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s advisory council is expected to get bigger as there are reports of a number of new faces joining this council.
However, whether anyone will be excluded from the existing council remains unconfirmed.
Seeking anonymity, sources confirmed that they held talks with a number of important persons in government in this regard. Salman F Rahman’s name came on top of this list. Currently, he is the advisor to Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina for private sector development. He was elected member of parliament from Dhaka-1 constituency in the 11th parliamentary election. Sources indicated that he might be appointed as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s industry affairs advisor.
Dr. Pran Gopal Datta is another possible name who wanted to contest from one of the constituencies of Cumilla. But he was not given nomination from Awami League. Earlier, in 2008, when the AL-led coalition came to power, he was made the vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). He continued in this position for two consecutive terms. A source said the prime minister is planning to appoint him as the health advisor.
In 2008, when AL came to power, Dr. Syed Modasser Ali was made the health advisor. But after the 2014 election, this position remained empty.
Former principal secretary to the prime minister and current chief coordinator for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) affairs Abul Kalam Azad might be appointed as an advisor. Otherwise, he will get a promotion. Since the implementation time of SDG is nearing, and a number of ministries’ activities are connected with it, he might be promoted to the advisory position of SDG, said sources.