Zunaid Ahmed Palak

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Zunaid Ahmed Palak
জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক
Zunaid Ahmed Palak - Dhaka 2015-05-30 1474.JPG
Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology
Assumed office
December 2008
Preceded by Quazi Golam Morshed
Personal details
Born (1980-05-17) 17 May 1980 (age 37)
Nationality Bangladesh
Political party The Awami League
Spouse(s) Arifa Jesmin Konika.
Children Apurbo, Arjon, Anirban.
Alma mater Dhaka College
Occupation Politician
Profession Lawyer: Bangladesh Supreme Court
Website www.zunaidahmedpalak.com

Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Bengali: জুনাইদ আহমেদ পলক, born on 17 May 1980) is a Bangladeshi politician. He was appointed as a State Minister of Post, Telecommunications & Information Technology on 12 January 2014 at the age of 34 years making him the youngest Minister of Bangladesh.[1] Considering his potential role in the betterment of the society, he was nominated Young Global Leader in 2016 by the World Economic Forum. At the age of 26, he got the nomination from Bangladesh Awami League, in the National Elections of 2006. Then he got the nomination for the second time in 2008 and got elected. He won the election by a big margin and became the Youngest member of the ninth National Assembly of Bangladesh.[2] In June,2017 he nominated as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of International Association of Students in Economic and Commercial Sciences (AIESEC), Bangladesh chapter.[3]

Early career and education[edit]

Palak was born in Faiz Uddin Ahmed-Zamila Ahmed family at Singra Upazila of Natore District. H is the youngest child of his parents. His father late Faiz Uddin Ahmed was a farmer and mother Zamila Ahmed was a housewife. His father was an active political activist inspired by the ideology of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Being a General Secretary of the Singra upazila unit of Bangladesh Awami League, he played an important role as one of the organisers of the great war of independence in the Chalan beel area. Palak was educated at Dhaka College with a MSS and then an LLB, and later became a young lawyer and then advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. In 14, he participated in the 1st Asia Pacific Jamboree held in Mouchak, Gazipur in 1994 as a team leader.

Rise to politics[edit]

Ahmed among his constituency

In his early twenties, he followed his father's footsteps in politics and became a member of the Bangladesh Awami League party. After HSC he involved in politics by joining Bangladesh Students's League. He was elected VP of the Gol-e-Afroze Govt. College Students' Union at the age of 18 years.[4]

Political career[edit]

Natore rally in favour of Palak

Ahmed Palak said if it would be possible to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. It would also be possible to elevate Bangladesh's official status to be a more developed country from the current state. To achieve this by 2015 he gave importance on initiatives on private sectors and the government.[5] He emphasised on planned work in the parliamentary constituency basis together with the government. In this regard, he said in his constituency there are more than two thousand people engaged with rickshaw or van pulling and most of them do not have their own vehicle for financial constraints. So, they are unwilling to accept family planning or sending their children to the school. But if we take an initiative to give them a rickshaw on some condition and to become an owner of a rickshaw for the rickshaw puller with condition that they will send their children to school or accept family planning, etc. This could be done in project basis. Otherwise we can take it as a model to make marginalised poor people self-depended. That will be further step forward achieving MDGs.[6]

The Vice-Chairman of All-Party Parliamentary Groups, which includes Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Party, he is also a key member of the Committee of Climate Change and Environment, with the support from United Nations Development Program and Oxfam, and one of the APPG delegation members headed by Saber Hossain Chowdhury, participated in the IPCCC conference in July 2009 before the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in London. Ahmed said that for lawmakers it's very important to know the reasons of any sort of natural calamity before trying to prevent it. He also talked about the dynamics of climate change, its affects to mass people so that the population both educated and illiterate can have a huge general conscious about it.[7] Ahmed also was a committee member where he planned to incorporate "Green Technologies" into its office building principles, to reduce carbon emissions into the environment. He said that the building of offices and residences using green technology would not release any carbon to environment, while the wastes of houses and offices will be recycled and to produce energy. He also expressed that a delegation from India was on their way to discuss different technological issues including building of zero carbon emitting buildings. He further added:[8]

We asked the ministry concerned to take a pilot project to build its office building using green technology as part of the initiative. Several other lawmakers and I shared our experience of recent visit to the southern state of Karnataka and West Bengal of India where we saw offices and houses were built using green technology.


Palak is married and has three children.[citation needed]


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