PM for maintaining mutual trust, fraternity in army

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday urged the senior army officials to discharge their duties with utmost sincerity by keeping confidence in the leadership of the superiors, mutual trust, sympathy, fraternity, dutifulness and above all maintaining discipline in the force.
She extended thanks to the senior officials of Bangladesh Army to keep constant the progress of the army by maintaining mutual confidence, trust and respects at all levels and moving ahead the development pace of the government even amid many obstacles.
The prime minister said this while addressing the Generals Conference of Bangladesh Army at Army Headquarters Conference Room (Helmet) at Dhaka Cantonment.
The prime minister, who also holds the portfolio of defence ministry, said her past two governments had implemented massive development programmes for Bangladesh Army. Bold and persistent steps of her government helped enhancing the acceptance of the Bangladesh Army at home and abroad.
Chief of army staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan received the prime minister as she arrived at Army Headquarters.
Highlighting the steps taken by her government during its 1996-2001 and 2009-2014 tenures, the prime minister said her government during the two terms had tried its best for modernisation of the Bangladesh Army so that the force could discharge its duty at international level keeping its head high.
She said many units were constituted for expansion and modernization of the army in addition to establishing many academic institutions. Bangladesh Army was entrusted with the important task of monitoring the construction of the long cherished mega project of Padma Bridge because of their professional excellence, she said.
Army chief of general staff Lieutenant General Moinul Hossain, principal staff officer of the Armed Forces Division Lieutenant General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq, PM’s principal secretary Abul Kalam Azad, defence secretary Qazi Habibul Awal and PM’s press secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhuri were present, among others.
Sheikh Hasina hoped that the army would perform the nationally important duty with maximum sincerity saying the present government is actively considering formation of another infantry division on the southern bank of the Padma River.
The prime minister said her government in the third term in its office has undertaken many pragmatic programmes for further development of the army within a very shortest possible time. She said Bangladesh Ordnance Factory has undertaken a plan for manufacturing anti aircraft missile FN-16 which would get real shape very soon. The missile would introduce Bangladesh to the world anew, she added.
Pointing out the steps taken by her government for welfare of the members of the Bangladesh Army and their families including housing projects, the prime minister said construction of Shanti Nibas (old-homes) at Rangpur was an epoch making step which should be expanded across the country.
Praising the role of the army in implementing various development projects, the Prime Minister said the army has earned confidence of the people through their services. ‘I hope that the nation would see more involvement of the army in the national development programmes,’ she hoped.
The prime minister said the pay committee of the armed forces has submitted its proposal to the government in line with the announcement of the new pay scale for civil servants. The proposed scale for Bangladesh army would be implemented as much as possible considering the limitations around.

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